The police chief of Maine’s largest city has been named the state’s police chief of the year by a prominent law enforcement organization.
Portland Police Chief Michael Sauschuck was honored last weekend during the Maine Association of Police 18th annual awards banquet, according to a press release issued by city spokeswoman Jessica Grondin.
Sauschuck received the David W. Pickering award, named after the former Cape Elizabeth police chief who died in 2000 after a long battle with cancer. Pickering was a widely respected administrator and an ardent supporter of Maine law enforcement, Grondin said.
“I cannot say enough positive things about Chief Sauschuck, his leadership, strength and character as a chief and more importantly as a person are top notch and it is no surprise to me that he would receive this honor,” City Manager Jon Jennings said in a statement.
Sauschuck joined the Portland force as an officer in 1997. He was appointed chief of police in January 2012.