Belfast sergeant named interim police chief

Posted Oct. 07, 2011, at 6:56 p.m.

BELFAST, Maine — The City Council this week named Sgt. Walter Corey, who has served with the Belfast Police Department for nearly 20 years, as the interim police chief.

Corey, 39, will take over from outgoing Chief Jeff Trafton at 3 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 13.

City Manager Joe Slocum said Friday that he wanted the interim chief to come from the department.

“I interviewed several really good candidates,” Slocum said. “The impression I had after every interview is how fortunate Belfast is to have so many good people working in the department.”

Because it is a temporary post, Corey will be paid a stipend of $300 per week until a permanent chief is found. Slocum said the statewide search for a new police chief is still open, with resumes accepted until Oct. 21. He characterized the search as having had significant interest from candidates.

Trafton is moving to the Waldo County Sheriff’s Office, where he will serve as the new chief deputy. The current chief deputy is Bob Keating, a longtime Waldo County law enforcement official who announced his retirement earlier this fall.

Corey said Friday that he is looking forward to having a good learning experience while working as interim chief.

“The plan is strictly just to keep things going. We’ve got good guys,” he said.

Corey has worked full-time for the department for 14½ years and part-time for 4½ years before that.

According to Slocum, it’s possible that the new chief may not begin work until the first of the year.

“It’s a long process,” he said.

A group composed of local officials and community members will review the resumes and the candidates. That committee will include Trafton, Ellie Hutchinson of New Hope for Women, Greg Dutch of Dutch Chevrolet, Mayor Walter Ash and Belfast City Councilor Nancy Hamilton.

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