The Bunnell City Commission on Monday approved a $120,000 contract with the Flagler County Sheriff’s Office to outsource investigations of its most violent crimes to the agency one of its commissioners calls “big brother.”
Bunnell City Commission
Long-time Commissioner Jane Mealy, one of the city’s more popular elected officials for over a decade and a half, again won handily, with James Sherman second, while in Bunnell incumbents Bob Barnes and Tina-Marie Schultz won, surprising recently retired FHP Cpl. Pete Young, a distant third.
Within minutes of new Bunnell Police Chief Dave Brannon’s swearing in Monday evening before the City Commission, one of his sergeants was involved in a high-risk pursuit and was assaulted by a car thief and injured. Hours later, Bunnell was the scene of burst of shooting reported by several residents near Church Street or the Carver Center.
Dave Brannon, for 26 years a member of the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office and the commander of the DeLand and Deltona districts, will take-over as Bunnell Police Chief on Feb. 28 as Interim Chief Brannon Snead neared the end of his three-month tenure by presenting the commission with a series of firsts, including the department’s first-ever strategic plan.
Metronet, the broadband company that announced it would make ultra high-speed service of 1 gig available across Palm Coast available by 2023, has now sealed similar agreements with Bunnell and Flagler Beach. Those agreements were secured with a lot less fanfare, if any, than the one with Palm Coast, which the city announced in mid-December.
Last week Interim Bunnell Police Chief Brannon Snead was adamant that Monday would be his last day. Monday came and went. He’s still there, and spoke at a promotion ceremony for three new sergeants as if he was very much in the picture–if with uncomfortable reminders of why his career at the Florida Highway Patrol was cut short.
There’s no public explanation behind Michael Walker’s decision not to take the police chief’s job. Brannon Snead is linking his decision not to stay to the effects on his reputation from revelations of what led to his resignation from the Florida Highway Patrol in 2016.
Michael Anthony Walker, 57, Lake Helen’s police chief for 11 years, today was named Bunnell police chief, replacing Tom Foster in a department buffeted by low morale and the loss of its top three highest-ranked officers in a matter of weeks. Brannon Snead, the interim chief since Foster’s departure in early December, was not among the five applicants for the top job.
Matt Mortimer, a 16-year veteran of Bunnell’s police department, resigned after being directly implicated in a withering disciplinary report against ex-Police Chief Tom Foster, whom the city manager criticized for protecting Mortimer and downplaying allegedly serious breaches of protocol and policies. Mortimer immediately applied to be a deputy at the Flagler County Sheriff’s Office.
Brannon Snead, who spent the majority of his career with the Florida Highway Patrol, was named Bunnell’s interim police chief today as Tom Foster, who’d led the police department for eight years, retired. Snead said his priority is to get the Bunnell department accredited.