2018-02-10 / News

Lawrence Horn Chosen as Island Police Chief

Lawrence Horn, a police officer at Lansing Community College, has been invited to be the police chief on Mackinac Island and is negotiating a contract with the city. He emerged as the top pick of the city council after a second round of interviews. The city hopes he can start by late February or early March, but no exact date has been set.

Originally from Williamston, Mr. Horn held his first job in law enforcement there, and has worked overseas training national police forces in Afghanistan, Haiti, and Jordan. In interviews with the city, he said he is seeking a position in a small community where he can engage with the public. He vacationed regularly on Mackinac Island during his youth.

Mayor’s assistant Tammy Frazier presented a tentative contract at the City Council meeting Wednesday, January 31, which received authorization and was sent to Mr. Horn for his review.

The negotiations have progressed smoothly to this point, with Mr. Horn agreeing, in principle, to a $75,000 salary. Mr. Horn’s only contract demand was for a five-year contract, rather than the two-year agreement offered by the city. The parties settled on a three-year contract ending in 2021.

All salary negotiations are handled on a concurrent triennial timeline, with the next round scheduled for 2020. The two-year offer was to place him on the same schedule for contract renewal as the rest of the city’s employees. Before settling on three years, he countered with five years to delay his renewal until the following round in 2023. He told Mrs. Frazier he wanted more job security before moving. The council also authorized a housing lease agreement for his review.

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