Search for new police chief in Milo under way

Posted June 28, 2011, at 12:36 p.m.

MILO, Maine — A search committee will meet Thursday to begin its review of the approximately 24 applicants who have applied for the Milo police chief’s position.

Town Manager Jeff Gahagan said the applications will be whittled down to five or six candidates who show the strongest backgrounds in police work.

“Some of the candidates have lots of experience in law enforcement, including previous chiefs, so we have a pretty good pool to pull from,” Gahagan said Tuesday. He said some candidates are from as far away as Ohio and Florida and some are from the region.

The vacancy was created by the departure of Kenny Williams, who resigned as police chief earlier this year.

The search committee consists of residents and law enforcement officials, including Dover-Foxcroft Police Chief Dennis Dyer and Piscataquis County Jail Administrator David Harmon.

Gahagan said he hopes to have a new police chief on board by mid-July. He said the town also is seeking a secretary in the town office to fill the position held by Marlene Cole, who is retiring.