Incoming Saco Police Chief Raynald Demers speaks to the Saco City Council Monday night. LIZ GOTTHELF/Journal Tribune

Incoming Saco Police Chief Raynald Demers speaks to the Saco City Council Monday night. LIZ GOTTHELF/Journal Tribune

SACO   It’s official. Current Deputy Police Chief Raynald “Ray” Demers will be the new police chief beginning Jan. 1.

City Administrator Kevin Sutherland announced last week he had appointed Demers for the position of police chief, and the Saco City Council confirmed his appointment Monday night.

Demers will replace current Police Chief Bradley Paul, who is retiring the end of the month.

Demers has worked for the Saco Police Department for 32 years, and has served as deputy police chief for six.

Sutherland said in a written statement last week Demers was strongly committed to the community.

“I am confident he will continue a long tradition of inspiring confidence in the community at the same time using this opportunity to work with the department to recommend changes going forward,” he said. “Ray strives for transparency, fairness, and honesty; and holds himself to the highest standard of professionalism and ethics.”

Demers said Monday night said he was humbled and honored to be chosen as the new police chief for the city of Saco. He said he would work to continue the long-standing tradition of providing the city and its citizens the finest police services possible while building on the department’s already strong relationship with the community.

— Staff Writer Liz Gotthelf can be contacted at 282-1535, ext. 325 or [email protected]


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