ROCKLAND — Camden Police Detective Sgt. Curt Andrick is being tapped as the next chief deputy for Knox County.

Sheriff Patrick Polky announced the appointment on Tuesday, Nov. 22. Andrick will begin his new job on Dec. 2.

Andrick has been with the Camden Police Department for 26 years, serving as a patrol officer, detective and detective sergeant. He also has worked per diem for the Rockport Police Department and the Knox County Sheriff’s Office. The Maine native started work for Camden in 1995.

The veteran officer has an associate’s degree in criminal justice from Beal College in Bangor. He has attended several law enforcement training programs including such as the FBI leadership program, hostage negotiations, internal affairs, forensic interviewing and crisis intervention.

He has served on local boards including the School Administrative District 40 Board, Midcoast Sexual Assault Response Team, and Knox County Triad. He attends the Warren Baptist Church.

In 2017, he was recognized by the Maine Chiefs of Police Association Life Saving Award for his life-saving measures in responding to a young man seriously injured in a bicycle accident. His actions were also recognized by the Maine and Northeast Region American Legion.

He has lived in Warren for 24 years with his wife Dawn. Their two sons are attending colleges in Maine.

Andrick is looking forward to his new leadership role, the sheriff noted in a statement issued Nov. 22.

Andrick succeeds Dwight Burtis who served in the role from August through Nov. 1 when he retired. Polky had held the post prior to Burtis but was appointed sheriff when Tim Carroll was hired as Rockland’s police chief. Polky was elected Nov. 8 to a four-year term as sheriff.

Camden/Rockport Police Chief Randy Gagne issued a statement Tuesday evening.

“I have had the pleasure of working my entire career with Curt. I can’t thank him enough for his hard work and dedication to the department. He will surely be missed by all of us. On behalf of the member of the Camden Police Department, we wish you good luck in your new role as Chief Deputy. We look forward to working with you in the future. Thank you for your service,” Gagne stated.

The Camden chief also announced that that Aaron Bailey of Rockport has been hired by the department to fill the vacant detective sergeant position.

Bailey graduated from Camden-Rockport High school in 1990. Throughout college, he worked part time for both Camden and Rockport Police. After graduating college in 1995 with a bachelor of science degree in criminal justice, he became a police officer for Brunswick. Throughout his 22 plus years with Brunswick, he served as a patrol officer, detective, school resource officer, hostage negotiator, Maine Criminal Justice Academy instructor as well as several other department roles.

He retired from the police department in 2018 when he became the assistant director of security for Bowdoin College. While at the college he was in charge of College Emergency Management and was the supervisor for the security staff at the Bowdoin Museum of Art.

Bailey moved back to the area in November 2021 with his wife and youngest son who is currently attending Camden-Rockport Middle School. He also has a grown daughter and son. He has been working as the executive director and lake warden for the Megunticook Watershed Association.

“Admittedly, he has missed the daily work with the public and the schools. Det. Sgt. Bailey will begin his new duties December 1,” the chief stated.

Aaron Bailey Camden Police Department