Dana Lajoie announces bid for York County sheriff post

Posted July 12, 2013, at 7:20 a.m.

SOUTH BERWICK, Maine — After serving the town for 27 years as police chief, Dana Lajoie formally announced his candidacy for the position of York County sheriff Thursday night.

Law enforcement officers, friends, and relatives of Lajoie congregated at the Spring Hill restaurant to celebrate the announcement of the campaign.

Patrol Officer Jeffrey Pelkey, who has known Lajoie for more than two decades, greeted guests at the door and didn’t hesitate to say Lajoie is the man for the job.

“He would certainly be a huge asset,” Pelkey said. “He has a way about him that brings people together.”

An additional colleague and friend, Lt. Christopher Burbank, who has been working with Lajoie for 20 years, spoke a few words before the crowd.

“It is my privilege to be here tonight. Dana has been at the forefront of proactive change,” Burbank said.

Burbank outlined Lajoie’s accomplishments in his four decades of law enforcement that included the participation and leadership in numerous executive groups such as the York County Jail Advisory Board; multiple regionally dispatch consolidation committees; the Seacoast Emergency Response Consortium; and a Chief of Police liaison to the Bureau of Highway Safety. Additionally, he served as interim police chief for Berwick from 1997 to 1999.

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