ROCKLAND — Knox County Sheriff Patrick Polky announced Monday, Aug. 8, his appointment of a chief deputy.

Sheriff Polky said that Detective Dwight Burtis is the new chief deputy. Chief Deputy Burtis succeeds Polky, who was promoted to sheriff. Burtis has been with the Knox County department for 15 years.

“I have chosen Dwight because he is a seasoned member of the team, he has the respect of the staff, he has a very well rounded law enforcement career and his experiences and background make him a great fit for this position,” Sheriff Polky said.

Burtis is a graduate of Camden-Rockport High School. He entered the United States Air Force after high school and served as a law enforcement specialist in Southeast Asia for most of his four-year enlistment. He began his civilian law enforcement career in 1986 with the Portland, Maine Police Department and served in several other Maine law enforcement agencies.

During his tenure as a law enforcement officer, Dwight has served as a patrol officer and deputy; canine (K9) handler, trainer and supervisor; special response team member and leader; crisis negotiations team member; criminal investigator; domestic violence coordinator; Maine Attorney General special investigator, internal affairs investigator; and civil rights investigator.

“Dwight looks forward to continuing to serve the citizens of Knox County in his new role as the Chief Deputy of Knox County and wants to continue to provide the best civil process, corrections and law enforcement services possible,” the sheriff concluded.

Rockland Police Chief Tim Carroll, left, is pictured with newly promoted interim Sgt. Michael Izzi.

Rockland promotion

In the Rockland Police Department, Officer Michael Izzi  was appointed to interim Patrol Sergeant.

Sgt. Izzi joined the Rockland Police Department in 2021, having been a Police Officer with the City of Alexandria, Va. for approximately seven years prior. During his time at the Alexandria Police Department, Sgt. Izzi served as a patrol officer, member of the civil disturbance unit, was a trained crisis intervention team member and a member of the special operations team.

Sgt. Izzi has a master’s degree in justice studies. He served four years active duty as a military police officer in the United States Marine Corps and currently holds the rank of major in the United States Marine Corps Reserve.

Sgt. Izzi will be supervising weekend nights.