New police chief sought

SOUTHWEST HARBOR — The town is looking for a permanent police chief.

Town Manager Don Lagrange told selectmen Tuesday night that he plans to start advertising to fill the position.

Mike Miller, a 22-year veteran of the police department, has been serving as acting chief since former Chief Dave Chapais retired last October. Miller held the rank of lieutenant and was the department’s second in command during Chapais’ 11 years as chief.

Lagrange had hoped that Mount Desert and Bar Harbor Police Chief Jim Willis might be willing to head the Southwest Harbor Police Department as well. But he told the selectmen that his discussions with Mount Desert Town Manager Durlin Lunt and Chief Willis “indicate that he has his hands full with Mount Desert and Bar Harbor, and collaboration with Southwest Harbor probably will not occur in the near future or even the extended future.”

Lagrange said he plans to advertise the police chief opening in area newspapers and on the Maine Municipal Association website. The ad states that the town is seeking a “qualified and experienced police chief.”

Lagrange said Wednesday that Miller has expressed interest in applying for the position.

Southwest Harbor currently has three full-time police officers, including Miller, and five part-time officers.

Dick Broom

Dick Broom

Reporter at Mount Desert Islander
Dick Broom covers the towns of Mount Desert and Southwest Harbor, Mount Desert Island High School and the school system board and superintendent's office. He enjoys hiking with his golden retriever and finding new places for her to swim. [email protected]

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