BANGOR, Maine — The city’s chief of police has promoted the department’s spokesman — a 26-year veteran on the force — to the rank of lieutenant.
Chief Mark Hathaway announced the promotion of Sgt. Paul Edwards on Monday. Edwards, in his new rank, will take charge of the department’s Support Services Division.
“I’m extremely honored and proud to fill the position,” Edwards said by email Monday night. “I’ve wanted to be a Bangor police officer all my life and never thought I’d be in a leadership position. As much as I hate titles, even though I’m an ‘LT,’ my name will always be Paul.”
Edwards, who has been the department’s spokesman for the last four years, said another sergeant will soon be named to replace him in that role.
In his new job, Edwards will oversee communications, the training unit, court services, parking enforcement, building maintenance, the Bangor International Airport police detachment, community relations unit, media services and the department’s Special Enforcement Team.
“Paul is very well known in our community [and] he has been a terrific spokesperson for our department,” Hathaway said in a statement issued Monday.
Hathaway, who oversees 82 officers and 24 civilian employees, promoted Officer Wade Betters, a 12-year veteran officer, to a sergeant in May and in July selected Sgt. Brad Johnston, who joined the Bangor force in 1997, as his deputy chief.
“Paul was hired in August 1987 and worked in the patrol division until being transferred to the detective division in 1998,” Johnston said in the press release. “At that time he was assigned as one of three School Resource Officers.”
Edwards was raised on the east side of Bangor, attended Bangor schools and continues to live in the city.
“Edwards has served as an evidence technician since 2000 and was one of the founding members of what is today our Evidence Response Team…a group of purposely trained officers who perform the duties [of] a crime scene investigator (CSI),” the deputy chief said. “Lieutenant Edwards is also the founding member of the department’s Crisis Intervention Team, which is a group of officers specially trained to work with those in our community suffering from mental illness.”
Edwards earned the rank of sergeant in March 2004 and was a patrol supervisor.
“He is well respected by members of our community and those he will supervise,” Johnston said. “Lieutenant Edwards has been a committed advocate for the homeless and those suffering from mental illness. I am confident he will do a fantastic job as Lieutenant.”