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KITTERY, Maine — As the announcement comes that a retired Maine police chief will serve as interim chief of the Kittery Police Department while the search for a permanent successor takes place, strong support has developed for an internal candidate to get the final nod. This follows the turnover of three chiefs hired from “outside” of the town over the last seven years.
Don O’Halloran, who spent 26 years leading Old Town’s police department preceded by 20 years on the Bangor force, has been tapped as interim police chief, Town Manager Kendra Amaral confirmed Monday.
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Since the police chief vacancy arose once again, some have expressed support for longtime department member Sgt. Gary Eaton to get the job. Eaton was appointed as acting chief on July 6 directly following Soucy’s resignation and is a 38-year Kittery Police Department veteran, having started with the department in 1980 as a patrolman, and then promoted to sergeant in 1987. Eaton has already expressed that he will apply for the job vacancy when it’s posted.
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