Tag: Chief Robert Baty

Sitka’s police chief defends department, calls abuse allegations ‘wounds from the past’

The Sitka Police Department is nearing the end of a two-year period marred by several lawsuits brought by former employees. At a recent assembly meeting municipal attorney Brian Hanson reported that the last of the three suits, a sexual harassment claim against the city by former detective Mary Ferguson, is pending settlement. But as that tumultuous period for the Sitka Police Department draws to a close, new accusations of racism and use of force within the organization have emerged, fueled by the growing national conversation about policing. Read More

Assembly budgets for police officer signing bonuses

The city budget is far from finalized, but the Sitka Assembly weighed in on how to spend a few more dollars when it met on Thursday night (3-5-2020), voting to fund two lobbying contracts, and offer $5,000 signing bonuses to three new police officers. Read More
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