Chief Don Hunter released from hospital, expected to return to work Monday

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Marco Police Chief Don Hunter, left, goes over various documents with Capt. Dave Baer during a status report meeting for the past year of police actions in Hunter's office.

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Scott McIntyre/Staff Marco Police Chief Don Hunter, left, goes over various documents with Capt. Dave Baer during a status report meeting for the past year of police actions in Hunter's office.

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Marco Island Police Chief Don Hunter, who was hospitalized in late July with a shoulder injury, expects to return to work by Monday.

Hunter, 61, was admitted to Physicians Regional — Pine Ridge on July 26, where he was listed in fair condition earlier this week. His family said in a statement that Hunter suffered a shoulder injury at the gym.

Marco City Manager Jim Riviere sent an update on Hunter’s condition to City Council members and city directors on Thursday saying Hunter had been released from the hospital and is expected to return to work on Monday.

When reached for comment, Hunter said he could return to work as early as Friday . He declined to discuss the injury that led to his hospitalization, other than to say “I did overdo a workout.”

“Naturally, like anybody, I’d like to remain as much a private person as possible, even though I’m paid by the taxpayers,” Hunter said. “The taxpayers need to know that I’m on duty and available for work and have been working with the agency over the last couple of days.”

Hunter served as Collier County sheriff for 20 years, winning election to the post county-wide five times. Two years after his 2009 retirement, Hunter was hired by Marco Island to head the city’s police department.

Hunter makes $110,000 as the Marco police chief and is expected to receive a $5,000 raise on Aug. 3, per his contract. He is on the final year of a two-year contract with the department.

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WMissow writes:

Glad to see you back on your feet and returning to work shortly. We missed you!

August8 writes:

in response to WMissow:

Glad to see you back on your feet and returning to work shortly. We missed you!

Good news, the rumor is he will sign for a couple more years?

Konfuzius writes:

Great Sheriff Hunter if that happened. But WHY is your name never mention on this story:

"The Marco Island Police Department’s proposed fiscal 2014 budget includes a request for $250,200 to buy six new patrol vehicles.

The proposed purchase is part of the department’s $298,200 capital expenditures request for the coming year.

The city is in the process of drawing up a spending plan before Oct. 1, the start of the new fiscal year.

The Marco Island City Council budget subcommittee — councilmen Amadeo Petricca, Larry Honig and Ken Honecker — is reviewing departmental budget requests before passing its recommendations on to council.

“This is a work in progress,” said Assistant Chief Dave Baer. “Nothing is written in stone.”

Baer said the department hopes the city can enhance its long-range planning with the vehicle request.

“What we want to try to do is to create a consistent vehicle replacement plan that gives the city a way to plan across the future consistently, as opposed to spiking,” said Baer.

The department received four new patrol vehicles during the current fiscal year, at a cost of $136,700.

“We hope to have a five-year replacement program,” Baer said. “But when you don’t have a consistent plan, then you start spiking (fluctuating) the numbers.”

Baer said not having a program of regular replacement comes with a cost."

Konfuzius says:
If the Chief is out the house the mouses are dancing on the table.

Please stop this nonsense.

RayPray writes:

"$250,200 to buy six new patrol vehicles."

"Baer said not having a program of regular replacement comes with a cost."

Costs?

Crime Wave hits Marco?

Keystone Kops forced to lose a couple ounces of avoirdupois?

>>> Couldn't we then save such cost by formulating a regular replacement policy aimed at empty suits & time servers like Bear himself?

Konfuzius writes:

in response to RayPray:

"$250,200 to buy six new patrol vehicles."

"Baer said not having a program of regular replacement comes with a cost."

Costs?

Crime Wave hits Marco?

Keystone Kops forced to lose a couple ounces of avoirdupois?

>>> Couldn't we then save such cost by formulating a regular replacement policy aimed at empty suits & time servers like Bear himself?

Konfuzius says:

If I am a government worker I will be a government worker. Work for the government - never for the people. Milk the people. They will be happy if you do so. Spend their money. They will be thankful if you do so. Government worker tell you that they serve your country. And you will believe so. Shame on you!

marcoislander writes:

Why don't we report on the color socks he is wearing or what he ate for breakfast How pathetic You would love that wouldn't you August8

August8 writes:

in response to marcoislander:

Why don't we report on the color socks he is wearing or what he ate for breakfast How pathetic You would love that wouldn't you August8

He is wearing black socks and had a cup of cheerios for breakfast.

Konfuzius writes:

in response to August8:

He is wearing black socks and had a cup of cheerios for breakfast.

How do you know?

Konfuzius says:

This is a case of national security!

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