Blue Lake to look for new police chief
The Blue Lake City Council unanimously decided Monday night to move forward on establishing a one-year contract with the Humboldt County Sheriff's Office while also keeping the ultimate goal of having a city police force with a new police chief.
Following multiple meetings with residents expressing concerns and interest in keeping the city's current two-officer police force, the council made a long-awaited decision.
Councilman Marvin Samuels said he believed in community-based policing, and several other council members echoed his feelings.
”It makes for a better town and more effective law enforcement,” Samuels said. “Developing this model for Blue Lake, though, can't be done overnight....
...While many of the approximately 40 residents present Monday night seemed satisfied with the council's actions, they continued to express their concerns about the council's need to stay on track in the search for a new chief, the restructuring of the city's management of the police department, and ensuring that there would be a citizen's advisory board that would be apart of the hiring process... Blue Lake to look for new police chief