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Chief of Police

Phone: (432) ***-****  HQ Phone
Odessa Police Department
205 N. Grant Ave
Odessa, Texas 79761
United States

Company Description: The Odessa Police Department strives to provide quality service to our citizens yet at times we receive calls for service that are better handled by other...   more

Employment History

  • Police Chief
  • Patrol Officer
  • Chief
    Portland Police Department
  • Police Chief
    Portland Police Department
  • Police Chief

Board Memberships and Affiliations


  • Cheverus
  • Master's Degree , Business
    Husson College
  • Bachelor's Degree , Criminology
    University of Southern Maine
  • police administration and communications
    Husson College
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Web References
City of Odessa, TX - Police Department : Chief Timothy Burton, 28 Jan 2014 [cached]
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Timothy Burton, Chief of Police Odessa Police Department
Police Chief Tim Burton said ..., 8 Dec 2009 [cached]
Police Chief Tim Burton said Monday the department is making arrangements to have a new class of recruits begin training at the Permian Basin Law Enforcement Academy in Midland as early as next month.
"I don't think we're going to encounter any delays," Burton said. "We're going to have to make some accommodations, but I don't think it's a concern that's terribly troubling to me."
Burton said the police department is also exploring the possibility of obtaining its own license so it can continue to train officers in its own back yard.
"One of the great advantages of Odessa College was its proximity to the police department," he said, adding the idea of establishing an OPD academy is "very attractive."
"We're certainly sorry this has taken place," Burton said.
Portland Rotary - The Windjammer - Archive (Aug 14, 2005), 3 July 2010 [cached]
Tim Burton: A View from the "Cop Shop"
Stepping into Chief Chitwood's shoes, for the moment at least, is last week's speaker, acting Chief Tim Burton. In looking at the challenges facing the Portland Police Department in the future, Burton described the coming period as one of integration and refinement of services, focusing on the strategic components of professionalism, information technology, and community policing.
In the Q& A session, Burton covered a number of topics, including the fact that his department issued about 10,000 tickets last year! In his opinion, the single most significant threat to public safety in Portland is the increasing stream of drugs entering the city from Lowell and Lawrence Massachusetts.
Fortunately, our speaker, Acting Portland Police Chief Tim Burton, did a beautiful job with the time he got.
Chief Timothy ..., 5 Aug 2008 [cached]
Chief Timothy Burton
Tim Burton To Turn In Badge In Portland After 26 Years Of Service
Chief Timothy Burton's last day in Portland is next Saturday.He told News 8's Danielle Strauss in an interview on Tuesday that a number of reasons -- personal and professional -- influenced his decision to move on.
Burton said Odessa, Texas, offers a new opportunity, an adventure and different challenge.Still, he said leaving Portland will not be easy.
"It's with great sadness that you leave what has been your home and lifelong career," Burton told News 8.
Burton said he is also excited about his next assignment more than 2,000 miles away.
"It's a different kind of city, a larger city," he said."I've worked in a coastal city that is a major metropolitan area in the state.This is a vastly different perspective on policing and the environment is different."
Burton began his career in Portland in 1982 as a patrol officer.In 2005, he succeeded Michael Chitwood as head of the department, a job Burton said comes with many challenges.
"Being chief in Portland is challenging from a policing perspective, challenging from a political perspective and it's also very challenging from a personal perspective," Burton said.
Burton spearheaded both city and regional programs from community policing to most recently the forensics crime lab which will help a number of communities process evidence quicker.
Mayor Edward Suslovic said Burton's "collaborative, quiet leadership" was key in getting the regional crime lab off the ground and in convincing officials to merge emergency communications services with South Portland and Cape Elizabeth.
Burton said it's not those accomplishments as much the relationships he has built that he is most proud of.
"You can't be in a position as long as I've been here and not have developed very strong bonds with colleagues," he said.
It is those colleagues who, Burton said, will help the department continue to be a lead agency in the state.
"Their professionalism, their skills and ability, the passion at which they do their jobs is the deciding factor in any agency, and in this agency, the folks are terrific and they'll do a terrific job no matter what challenges they face," Burton said.
Chief Timothy Burton
Portland Rotary - The Windjammer - Archive (Aug 7, 2005), 3 July 2010 [cached]
His temporary replacement, Deputy Chief Timothy E. Burton, will be here to give us his perception, concerns, and vision.
On August 13th (the day after his appearance at Rotary) Tim will become the interim Chief of the Portland Police Department, appointed by City Manager, Joe Gray.
Deputy Chief Burton is a 23 year veteran of the Department and has risen through the ranks. He is a recognized authority on police policy, procedure and tactical operations. Among his many current duties he manages the Department's computer information systems and has been working with the Department of Justice as the PPD went through a thorough examination and self improvement process.
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