GREENVILLE, Maine — Police Chief Scott MacMaster’s career has followed the winding Kennebec River.
The popular police chief, who previously served the Hallowell and Gardiner departments, will become Richmond’s police chief.
He will head a department with five full-time officers and start his new job Jan. 19.
“I’m always looking at different ways to challenge myself,” MacMaster, 35, said Tuesday. “The move to a bigger and more challenging police department just came a lot sooner than I expected.”
All of the communities he has served, including Greenville in the Moosehead Lake region, have a connection to the Kennebec River.
Greenville Town Manager John Simko said Tuesday he was sorry to see MacMaster leave. “Scott has set the bar for professionalism and effective community policing in a small-town police department,” Simko said. “He has grown and strengthened our department in Greenville to the benefit of the entire community. He excelled as a leader in every capacity he has served in this community.”
Simko said the town wishes MacMaster and his family all the best. “He will be greatly missed by everyone,” he said.
When he took the Greenville position in July 2007, MacMaster, one of two full-time officers, quickly embraced his new community. His work in the tourist-oriented town, he said, “molded” him into a community-oriented police chief.
While in Greenville, he was recognized for his bravery in an incident at Indian Hill Trading Post and gained national attention when he helped town officials convince a local restaurant owner to remove a free sandwich offering to anyone who was willing to risk a skinny dip in Moosehead Lake.
“It’s been an incredible experience,” MacMaster said of his tenure in Greenville. “There’s some great people up here and it’s a great community. I’m sad to go on a personal sense but in a professional sense, I’m excited to go down there and get things started in Richmond.”
The father of three, including a newborn, said he has family in the Richmond area.
MacMaster said he believes the other full-time officer in Greenville, Jeff Pomerleau, would assume the chief’s duties until the hiring process has been completed.
“I’m leaving [the town] in very capable hands,” MacMaster said of Pomerleau, who has 17 years’ experience in law enforcement.
In appreciation of MacMaster’s work in the community, the public is invited to an informal send-off 4-6 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 12, at the meeting hall of the Municipal Building.