NEWPORT, Maine — Kenny Williams had served as the police chief in Milo for nearly two years before resigning in May and said he was seeking to “get out of the administrative piece of it, and into the patrol piece.”
When Williams, also a former sergeant with the Penobscot County Sheriff’s Office, noticed there were two full-time positions open in Newport, he jumped at the chance to apply.
Williams was introduced, along with Phillip Boyd, as the town’s two newest full-time officers at a selectmen’s meeting on Wednesday night.
“… I decided I wanted to move on and move to a department where I wasn’t the administrator,” said Williams.
Williams and Boyd were formally introduced by Newport Police Chief Leonard Macdaid.
“They came highly recommended; they came experienced,” Macdaid said. “I think they’ll do a great job.”
Williams joined the Milo police force as chief in August 2009 and stepped down this spring. When Williams resigned from the Milo post, he gave no reason for stepping down.
The hiring of Williams and Boyd gives Newport’s department 12 officers — seven full-timers and five part-timers.
“I like the chief, I like the people here, it’s a friendly town,” said Williams. “The shift that I’m on works well with my family.”
Williams said he is working overnight shifts at the department with one day shift a week, giving him plenty of time to spend with his wife and three children.
“It’s conducive to what I want to do,” said Williams. “I like to coach [youth sports] also, so that’ll actually be conducive to that too.”
Williams said things have been going well so far in his time in Newport.
“I haven’t had anything really major [yet] but I’m sure that will come,” he said.
Williams is hoping to use his experiences as chief out on the streets. When he was the Milo police chief, Williams also performed patrol duties.
“The experience of being chief actually made me, I believe, a better officer,” he said.
That wasn’t the only good news for Newport police on Wednesday, as Macdaid also said that the department recently received a grant of $7,495 from the Stephen and Tabitha King Foundation so it can purchase a surveillance camera.
Also on Wednesday, Town Manager James Ricker announced that the Main Street Bridge, which carries Routes 2, 7 and 100 over the Sebasticook River, will be open to traffic by the end of this month.