Former Presque Isle lawman named chief in Fort Fairfield

Posted Aug. 23, 2011, at 7:47 p.m.

FORT FAIRFIELD, Maine — An experienced Presque Isle law enforcement officer and former Maine Drug Enforcement Agency agent has been tapped as the new chief of the Fort Fairfield Police Department.

Town officials announced Tuesday that William Campbell will take over for current chief Joe Bubar, who is leaving his employment with the town after more than 20 years to pursue new opportunities in Missouri.

Campbell comes to Fort Fairfield from serving in several capacities at the Presque Isle Police Department and Maine Drug Enforcement Agency.

In Presque Isle, Campbell worked as a patrolman, sergeant and investigator and has received extensive training in other areas of law enforcement.

Dan Foster, Fort Fairfield town manager, said Tuesday that Campbell, who grew up in the community, has a “great feel” for the town.

“Bill brings a wealth of experience to this position,” said Foster. “His enthusiasm, knowledge and training are a welcomed asset as the town moves forward. Fort Fairfield is about community and maintaining a quality of life for its citizens. Finding a chief that understands who we are [and has] an excellent background in law enforcement is a big plus. We believe we have an outstanding group of officers and that with Bill’s leadership, will only enhance our ability to meet the needs of this community.”

Originally from Fort Fairfield, Campbell earned a law enforcement degree at University of Maine in Presque Isle. He joined Presque Isle police in 1986. Back in 1996, when he was a detective-sergeant with the PIPD, Campbell joined MDEA to help keep drugs out of the hands of Aroostook County residents.

Aside from police work, Campbell has a passion for short-term missionary work. For the past five years, he has traveled to Guatemala with members of the Presque Isle Wesleyan Church to provide medical missions work, construction work and help in feeding the poor of the country.

“It is something that has changed my life and has allowed me to realize how what I have learned through missions work can be implemented here at home,” said Campbell. “I look forward to bringing my experiences to Fort Fairfield.”

Campbell resides in Presque Isle with his wife Gisele and daughter, Leslie.

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