Marco Police Chief Don Hunter in fair condition

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Don Hunter

The acting chief of the Marco Island Police Department declined to say Monday how long Chief Don Hunter will be out of commission due to a health issue.

Hunter, 61, was listed in fair condition Monday afternoon at Physicians Regional Medical Center — Pine Ridge. In a statement Saturday, Hunter’s wife Melissa said her husband suffered a shoulder injury at a gym Friday that led to his hospitalization.

Marco Island Assistant Police Chief Dave Baer declined to elaborate on any timeline for Hunter’s return to the job. While Hunter’s salary is taxpayer-funded, Baer said “there isn’t a public right to know” because Hunter’s absence is a medical issue.

“His medical information, his prognosis is private,” Baer said.

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.

Baer said he had temporarily assumed Hunter’s duties, though there’s no significant change as a result.

“This is no different than the chief going on vacation,” he said. “This is a routine event within a police department. We are prepared for events such as this.”

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Comments » 4

Konfuzius writes:

That's good. Now go rid of MIPD and bring the Sheriff back. A great step in the right direction to consolidate Marco Islands finance situation.
Save $ 6 000 000 +

WMissow writes:

Klaus, (Konfuzius)

How can we miss you if you never go away?

Konfuzius writes:


Rumors told me today on my informal information meeting point that Sheriff Hunter suffered from a stroke.
Hopefully that is not true. But the official information line is cut down.


Konfuzius says:

Tell us the truth nothing else than the truth!

happy6 writes:

how can you be in FAIR condition with a shoulder injury...shoulder injuries are not usually life threatening.

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