SABATTUS — The town’s new police chief is a retiring state police veteran with 33 years of law enforcement experience.

Erik Baker will be the new Sabattus police chief. Town of Sabattus

“Chief Baker was selected due to his strong leadership philosophy towards mentoring, teaching, motivating and developing a cohesive team environment to fulfill the individual agency and community needs,” according to a news release. “Additionally, his management skills of conducting the organizational assessment, strategic planning, and budgeting. More importantly, though, he has a proven record of being a problem solver, an out-of-the-box thinker, and has been able to comfortably deal with a variety of day-to-day difficulties. His experiences have ranged from dealing with critical incidents, community concerns, personnel issues, or budgetary crises.”

In his 25 years with the state police, Baker served in many different roles, including as assistant team leader of the department’s Tactical Team. He was previously assigned to the Central Maine Violent Crimes Task Force and the Joint Terrorism Task Force. Baker holds a bachelor of arts degree in Criminal Justice from Elmira College and a graduate of the prestigious FBI National Academy in 2016.

“As dedicated to creating strong bonds with the communities he serves and the officers he leads,” according to the release, “the chief is not without outside interests. He has a lifelong passion for competing in Ironman Triathlons and marathons.”

Baker will replace Dan Davies, who has been serving as acting police chief in Sabattus since former Chief Sheila Wetherbee retired in July. Davies had been out on medical leave and has since announced his own retirement.

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