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Anthony Bean Burpee named new police chief in Gilford

GILFORD — Selectmen have announced that Anthony Bean Burpee of Sanford, Maine will, be the town’s new chief of police effective June 1.

Burpee replaces former Chief Kevin Keenan, who resigned on Nov. 20 following a town investigation into an affair he acknowledged having with a female officer in the department.

Lt. James Leach has been acting police chief since then.

Burpee annual salary will be $78,400.

Burpee is a police lieutenant in Kennebunk, Maine, where he has served since 1998, rising through the ranks after working as a summer police officer on the beach, according to Town Administrator Scott Dunn.

Prior to working in Kennebunk, he was a corrections officer at the Cumberland County Jail in Portland, Maine, beginning in 1995.

He has a bachelor’s of science degree in criminal justice from Southern Vermont College. He has two master’s degrees, one in public administration and another in criminal justice, from Suffolk University in Boston, Dunn said.

Burpee “comes to Gilford with a great deal of expertise in public relations and outstanding credentials in progressive law enforcement,” Dunn said.

“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 Burpee’s spare time, he 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.

Burpee was selected from a pool of 47 candidates after being vetted by a citizen search panel and the 2013 and 2014 town boards of selectmen.

Dunn said Burpee’s first assignments will consist of getting to know the members of the Gilford Police Department “family,” getting involved in the town-approved renovations and construction of an addition on the police station, updating departmental policies and procedures, and evaluating law enforcement managerial and operational techniques used in Gilford.

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