Humboldt Council considers hiring a police chief

Humboldt Police Administrator Dean Kruger (right) shows Mrs. Bacon's third graders what a police squad car looks like with assistance from Officer David Jones (left), at Humboldt City Hall last May. Humboldt Independent file photo.

Should the city of Humboldt go back to having its own police chief, or should it continue to contract services with Humboldt County?
That was the question at the conclusion of a two-night discussion on the upcoming budget held at Humboldt City Hall earlier this month by the Humboldt City Council.
Humboldt contracts with the Humboldt County Board of Supervisors for the services of Humboldt County Sheriff Dean Kruger to also serve as police administrator. For that service, the city pays Humboldt County $39,500 per year. Humboldt City Administrator Travis Goedken told the Council that if the city was to pursue hiring its own police chief, the cost would be $65,000 for a base salary with a total salary and benefits package of $78,943.90, nearly twice the cost of contracting for a police administrator. That figure does not include a uniform, vehicle or equipment for the police chief.
“Dean (Kruger) does a good job as the police administrator, however, code enforcement is almost strictly administered through my office at City Hall, and we have reached a cap on what can be done,” Goedken said.
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