Williams appointed new Cape
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.