GREENVILLE, Maine – A man who enjoys working with kids and helping senior citizens is Greenville’s newest police chief.
Jeff Pomerleau, 41, who previously was a sergeant in the Greenville Police Department and most recently served as acting chief, was appointed for the position this week by Greenville Town Manager John Simko after consultation with the Board of Selectmen. He takes the place of Scott MacMaster, who accepted a similar position in southern Maine.
“Jeff’s strong point as a police officer is his sense of community,” Simko said this week. “He understands the importance of good community policing.”
Pomerleau said Friday he was pleased to accept the position. “I was humbled by the support in the community for me to have this position,” he said.
After receiving the appointment, Pomerleau said he asked Marion Pelletier, wife of the late Bud Pelletier, to pin the chief’s badge on his uniform Thursday. Marion Pelletier’s husband started the first police department in town in December 1971.
“I got to know Bud before he passed and I found him really intriguing and I had a lot of respect for him,” Pomerleau said. “There aren’t too many instances where you can actually talk to a chief of police who started a police department from the ground up.”
After a four-year stint in the Marine Corps, Pomerleau served with the Augusta Police Department, where he advanced through the ranks to lieutenant. He left that department in 2007 to join the Greenville Police Department.
Pomerleau said Friday he was looking forward to continuing his service to the community. “I love working with the young while serving the seniors,” he said. “I want to continue establishing close ties in the community.”