Sgt. Paul Fenton

The town of Cape Elizabeth has selected police Sgt. Paul Fenton to be its next chief of police.

Fenton joined the Cape Elizabeth Police Department in 1997, and has served as a patrol officer, detective and sergeant before his selection as chief. He has followed a progressive educational and professional development track throughout his career, with a bachelor’s degree in legal studies, a master’s in criminal justice administration, and graduation from the Federal Bureau of Investigations National Academy.
The chief position attracted many candidates and the selection process was extremely competitive, said Town Manager Matthew Sturgis.
“To have a candidate successfully develop and advance through the department to the chief position is a testament to succession planning,” he said in a news release. “The town of Cape Elizabeth is very excited to have Paul Fenton be the next chief of police.”
Formal approval by the town council is scheduled for its Dec. 10 meeting.
Fenton will replace Neil Williams, a nearly 40-year veteran of the Cape Elizabeth Police Department, 19 years of those years as chief. Williams will officially retire Dec. 31.
“A transition and effective start date for the new chief is in process,” Sturgis said.