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.”