BOARD OF SELECTMEN ANNOUNCE APPOINTMENT OF POLICE CHIEFPosted May 13, 2014
The Gilford Board of Selectmen is pleased to announce the appointment of Anthony Bean Burpee of Sanford, Maine as the Chief of Police effective June 1, 2014. He will be paid an annual salary of $78,400.
Chief Bean Burpee is currently a Police Lieutenant with the Town of Kennebunk, Maine where he has served since 1998, rising through the ranks after working as a summer cop on the beach. Prior to that he was a Corrections Officer at the Cumberland County Jail in Portland, ME beginning in 1995.
The new Chief has a B.S. degree in Criminal Justice from Southern Vermont College and two Master’s degrees, one in Public Administration and another in Criminal Justice from Suffolk University in Boston, MA.
Chief Bean Burpee comes to Gilford with a great deal of expertise in public relations and outstanding credentials in progressive law enforcement. He intends to enhance the community presence of the Gilford Police Department by improving citizen relationships, increasing public trust and taking pro-active steps to deter crime.
In his spare time, the Chief works as an Adjunct Professor at York Community College in Wells, Maine. He enjoys exercising and hanging out with his two boys, ages 18 and 19.
Chief Bean Burpee was selected from a pool of 47 candidates after being vetted by a citizen search panel and two Boards of Selectmen. His first assignments will consist of getting to know the members of the Gilford Police Department family, getting involved in the renovations and construction of an addition on the Police Station, updating departmental policies and procedures, and evaluating numerous law enforcement managerial and operational techniques used in Gilford.