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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.