Gilford names police chief

GILFORD – With most of his future command staff in the audience, selectmen voted unanimously to name Anthony Bean Burpee as the police chief beginning on June 1. He will be paid $78,400 annually.

Bean Burpee is a lieutenant with the town of Kennebunk, Maine where he has served since 1998. He rose through the ranks after starting as a beach officer during the summer months. Before becoming a police officer, he was a corrections officer at the Cumberland County Jail in Portland, Maine.

Bean Burpee has a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice from the Southern Vermont College and two Masters degrees, one in Criminal Justice and one in Public Administrion from Suffolk University in Boston.

"Chief Bean Burpee comes to Gilford with a great deal of experience in public relations and outstanding credentials in progressive law enforcement," said selectmen in a written media statement that was distributed yesterday afternoon after his appointment.

"He intends to enhance the community presence of the Gilford Police Department by improving citizen relationships, increasing public trust and taking pro-active steps to deter crime," selectmen continued.

In his spare time, selectmen said he works as an adjunct professor at York Community College in Wells, Maine, enjoys exercising and spending time with his two sons.

Town Administrator Scott Dunn said Bean Burpee was chosen from a pool of 47 candidates and being vetted by two Boards of Selectmen and a citizens panel.

As chief he will head a department of 18 sworn police full-time officers, two part-time officers and six civilian employees. He will also oversee the $1.2-million renovation ofthe  Gilford Police Station.

Dunn said Bean Burpee will begin his duties on June 1. He said after the chief settles in for a while, the selectmen will host a "Meet the Chief" night for the benefit of the community.

Bean Burpee was the lead detective and media spokesman during the 2012 Kennebunk investigation into a prostitution ring being operated by Alexis Wright from a zumba studio. The case put Kennebunk in the national spotlight for about six months as more and more details emerged from the tantalizing small-town scandal.

According to a story from the UPI, Alexis Wright, 29, was convicted of 14 counts of prostitution, one count of promotion of prostitution and two counts of theft by deception and state income tax evasion.

She served six months of a 10 month sentence.

CAPTION - Prosecutor Sgt. Eric Bredbury (left) welcomes his new chief Anthony Bean Burpee (right) as Lt. Kris Kelley looks on.