Theodore Short, a former commander for Troop A of Maine State Police, is the police chief for both Kittery and Eliot.
Contacted Thursday, Short
said the two-year old arrangement has worked out well for the two York County towns, which have shared dispatching services for several years.
said that the two communities and boards of selectmen have been supportive and that he
doesn't see it as having two different jobs.
It's similar to when he served 15 towns as a Maine State Police troop commander, he said, only now he is serving two.
started overseeing the two departments, the two towns together were spending $170,000 on police chief salaries, according to Short
Now, as chief of both towns, he
earns $110,000 a year, and there has been no increase in secondary command salaries.
Each town has one police lieutenant, just as they did before they shared a chief, he
"Consolidation at the management level is something that can work," Short