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Chief Timothy B. Sheehan began his law enforcement career with the Tewksbury Police Department in May of 1987. He progressed through strict promotional requirements to handle increasingly responsible positions, including serving as a SWAT Officer, K-9 Officer, Patrol Sergeant, SWAT Team Leader, Detective Sergeant, Patrol Lieutenant, SWAT Team Executive Officer, and Deputy Chief. In December of 2009, he was appointed Chief of Police and served in that capacity for ten years until being appointed as the South Portland Chief of Police in January of 2020.
Chief Sheehan has earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice from Springfield College and a Master of Science degree in Criminal Justice Administration from Western New England College. Additionally, Chief Sheehan is a graduate of the 239th Session of the FBI National Academy as well as the Suffolk University Public Safety Leadership and Management Certificate Program and the Harvard University John F. Kennedy School of Government Senior Executives in State and Local Government Program.
Deputy Chief Berry joined the department in 1977. After her promotion to the rank of Sergeant in 1984 and to the rank of Lieutenant in 1985, she was appointed to her present position in 2001. She earned an MSB in business from Husson and is a graduate of the 190th Session of the FBI National Academy. She also served as a member and past Chair of the Board of Trustees for the Maine Criminal Justice Academy.