Chief Timothy 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
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.
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
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
...Chief Timothy Burton