Town Of Cape Elizabeth
Cape Elizabeth News

05/31/00

Williams appointed new Cape police chief

Neil R. Williams has been appointed new chief of police for the Town of Cape Elizabeth. The appointment is subject to Town Council confirmation at a meeting on June 12.

The appointment was announced today by Town Manager Michael McGovern.

Williams joined the Cape Elizabeth police force as a patrol officer in November 1979, was promoted to sergeant in 1987 and to captain in 1991. He previously served as a dispatcher with the Town of Cape Elizabeth from 1973 to 1974 and served as a patrol officer in Falmouth , Maine from 1974 to 1979.

He is a graduate of Cape Elizabeth High School, received an associate degree in law enforcement from Southern Maine Vocational Technical Institute and a  bachelor's degree from the University of Southern Maine.

He also graduated from the FBI National Academy in 1994.

There were 39 applications for the position. Six were interviewed by a board consisting of Scarborough Police Chief Robert Moulton, Retired Portland Deputy Chief of Police John Brennan, who is now a deacon at St. Bartholomew's in Cape Elizabeth, and Rebecca Boulos who will graduate next week from Cape Elizabeth High School and is one of two students representatives to the Cape Elizabeth Town Council.

McGovern also participated as a member of the interview board.

"I believe that Neil Williams will be an exceptional chief of police. Since David Pickering announced his retirement, I have had many positive comments from citizens about Neil which clearly had not been solicited. I look forward to working with him in the months and years ahead," McGovern said.

Williams is replacing David W. Pickering who retires today as chief of police.