Chief Hunter restructures Marco police department

Don Hunter


Don Hunter

Marco Island Police Chief Don Hunter announced a restructuring of the department, having three of the top positions reporting directly to him instead of through the assistant chief, Capt. Dave Baer.

"It's a single guy who's been trying to do everything, so we've just split it up," Hunter said. "What (residents) will see is more efficiency. We'll be more fluid and adaptable for rapid decision making."

Among those moved in the restructuring are Sgt. Linda Guerrero, who oversees investigations; Lt. Matt Goetz, who oversees patrol; and supervisor Liz Carr, who oversees code compliance. All three will now directly report to Hunter, freeing Baer to perform duties as assistant chief and public information officer.

"He's a charter member of our agency, so he has all of the historical context for budget forms, process and how everything works here," Hunter said of Baer. "He was a natural to take the administrative functions."

Former Lt. Pete Beucler also will return to the department as a senior community services officer. He will serve as a civilian in code compliance and perform community service functions typically assigned to uniformed officers.

City Manager Jim Riviere said the restructuring allows Hunter to run the department in a service-heavy but cost-efficient manner.

"The new organizational structure streamlines operations and will bring about more efficiency, while maintaining excellent supervision," he said. "In recent months, as some veteran officers have retired, Chief Hunter has brought in a number of fine new officers to continue our excellent operations without any gap in coverage."

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ubetcha writes:

in response to GorchFock:

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reduction in deputies is not the answer. but wrong business decisions is definately bad for the city. bringing back an officer who sends inappropriate pictures to co-workers is not a good business decision by the new sheriff. what a great way to decipline a deputy. give him a better position for his actions.

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pertaining to the recent retirement of pete beucler from the ... an image of his unclothed physique to the female officer via text. beucler's image was sent from his …

edited press release by city.

marcoredeagle writes:

How many officers and staff make up the MOIS Police force? Is there a public/government website with this information?

JohninMarco writes:

Note to Baer. Considering that the former chief is stocking selves in the pubics on Marco, consider yourself lucky to be a "charter member" of the Marco PD.

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