2018-02-01 / News

Lawrence Horn Hired as New Mackinac Island Police Chief

Lawrence Horn, a police officer at Lansing Community College, has accepted the job as police chief on Mackinac Island.

Mr. Horn held his first job in law enforcement in his hometown of Williamston. He has trained 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 Margaret Doud said the city hopes to have the new chief working by the beginning of February, and mayor’s assistant Tammy Frazier said she hopes to have a completed contract from Mr. Horn to present at the next City Council meeting Wednesday, January 31. Mr. Horn had said he would be willing to start within two to three weeks of his hiring, and that he plans to visit for several days before the start of his tenure to introduce himself to the community.

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.

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 that he wanted more job security before moving from across the state.

Mr. Horn emerged as the top pick of the city council after a second round of interviews and negotiations with another candidate fell through.

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