Williams wins confirmation as
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
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.