WASHBURN, Maine — The new police chief town councilors unanimously approved last month is no stranger to the department.
Before being selected to replace former Chief Doug Conroy, who retired earlier this winter, Roy Guidry Jr. served as an officer with the department for the past 3½ years.
“Prior to that, I worked with the Limestone Police Department,” said Guidry.
Originally from New Orleans, Guidry has lived in Maine since his father moved the family here several years ago.
“We’ve lived in The County for about 25 years. My father’s a minister. We moved to Madawaska when I was in high school,” he said.
Law enforcement is Guidry’s second career. For 17 years he worked with his hands, in the metal fabrication business.
“I was an ironworker, did metal fabricating. I was looking for a career change,” said Guidry, adding he went on to obtain the necessary training to become a police officer.
Guidry, who lives in Presque Isle with his wife and 5-year-old son, said he’s grateful for the opportunity to serve the community in a new capacity.
“It comes with some changes in schedule. I’ll miss some of the contacts in the evening but am looking forward to future things as well,” he said.
Guidry will be overseeing four reserve officers as part of his duties as chief of the department — Neal Ouellette, Ethan Doody, Luke Blackstone and Ed Dube.
The chief said that in his spare time, he likes to hunt, fish and golf.
“I like to get outdoors. There’s lots to do around here,” he said.
Guidry said, in general, Washburn is a quiet community but the department works to prepare for the unexpected.
“We recently took part in an active shooter scenario at the high school. It went well. The kids and staff took it seriously,” said Guidry.
He credited his predecessor for making it such a smooth transition.
“Doug was a great mentor to everyone who works here. For the year and a half prior to his leaving, he worked on the transition, teaching me everything I needed to know. He also told me he’s just a phone call away, if I need something,” said Guidry. “I couldn’t have asked for a better friend and teacher.”