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Madawaska Initiates Search for New Police Chief

Madawaska – Madawaska is in the search for a new police chief. Earlier this year, Carroll Theriault who has worked for the Madawaska Police Department for over 32 years and served the past five years as Chief announced he will be retiring in November. In light of the pending retirement, Madawaska Town Manager Ryan D. Pelletier proposed the formation of a police department review committee to members of the Madawaska Board of Selectmen in June. The purpose of the committee as described by Pelletier was to analyze the staffing levels of the department including full times officers and reserves in comparison to other communities and to explore avenues to provide the best and most cost effective coverage possible for the citizens of Madawaska.

The committee that was formed to do the analysis consisted of two members of the Board of Selectmen (Donald Chasse and Vincent Frallicciardi) as well as two members of the general public. Retired Aroostook County Sheriff James P. Madore and retired businessman and former Maine State Trooper Thomas Kent volunteered to serve as the public members. The committee completed its work and presented their full report to the Board of Selectmen on September 14, 2016. The complete report can be found on the Town’s website at http://www.townofmadawaska.com/images/policedept.pdf

The Board authorized Pelletier to begin the process of advertising the Police Chief vacancy. According to Pelletier, the Town will use a two-step review process. All applications for the Chief position will be received by Pelletier and presented to a review panel that will analyze all of the applications received, conduct background checks, references and do initial screening of applicants. The review panel will consist of Pelletier, Chairman of the Board of Selectmen Brian Thibeault, Madore who served on the initial staffing review committee, local business owner Jeff Albert; and a member of the Management Team appointed by the Town Manager. Pelletier selected Ambulance Director Dan Chasse to serve in that capacity.

Pelletier said that following a five day internal posting, the position will be advertised in various media outlets including local papers, online through the Maine Police Chief’s Association and the Maine Municipal Association as well as the Maine Criminal Justice Academy websites. Resumes will need to be submitted by October 14th.

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Following the initial review process, the committee will select, depending on the number of applications received, 3-5 finalists who will be forwarded to the full 5-member Board of Selectmen. The Board along with Town Manager Pelletier will interview the finalists and select a Chief from that pool.

“Our goal is to have as open of a process as possible with the ultimate goal of finding the best qualified and most dedicated individual to lead our highly talented and well respected Madawaska Police Department,” Pelletier said.

“The Chief’s position is a highly visible and very interactive position in our community. It is critical that the individual have the utmost integrity, public relations skills, and most positive attitude possible. I am confident we will accomplish that,” the town manager concluded.

If anyone has questions regarding the search process, they should contact Pelletier at 728-6351 or by email at rpelletier@townofmadawaska.net

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