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Williams wins confirmation as police chief

Neil R. Williams was enthusiastically confirmed as Cape Elizabeth's police chief Monday night by the Town Council.

He was appointed chief, pending council approval, by Town Manager Michael McGovern May 31. He is succeeding former chief David Pickering, who retired last month.

Williams, a native of Cape Elizabeth, joined the Cape 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.

His approval by the council was unanimous. "It will be fun to have somebody who grew up in Cape Elizabeth and went to high school here as our police chief," said Chairwoman Penny Carson.

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.