Hoppe named Thomaston police chief

By Stephen Betts | Aug 11, 2017
Photo by: Daniel Dunkle Tim Hoppe, having just been confirmed as Thomaston police chief by selectmen Monday night, receives a little help with his badge from his wife, Ann.

Thomaston — Tim Hoppe started dreaming of being a police officer when he was a teenager.

The opportunity to become a Thomaston officer happened by chance while he was at his brother's garage 16 years ago.

And after 16 years with the Thomaston department, he was officially named chief Monday night, Aug. 14.

During a meeting at Watts Hall, Town Manager Valmore Blastow told selectmen Hoppe had been unanimously recommended by the Thomaston Personnel Committee.

"He is a dedicated, hard-working, dependable, honest and fair employee that strives to ensure the community of Thomaston is a safe, secure and welcoming community," Blastow said.

Selectmen voted to name him chief and Hoppe's wife, Ann, pinned his badge on his chest during the meeting. This was met with applause by the numerous police officers, family members and friends who attended the meeting to cheer the new chief on.

Hoppe grew up in New Jersey. He said being a police officer was the way he felt he could serve his community.

He moved to Maine to be with his wife, Ann, a Port Clyde native, whom he met at the wedding of one her sorority sisters in New Jersey. That college friend married Hoppe's uncle.

"She caught the bouquet and I caught the garter," Hoppe said about meeting his future wife.

In the summer of 2001, Hoppe was 29 and still wanted to become a police officer. He was at the Creek Hill Garage in Thomaston and mentioned his desire in the presence of Kevin Haj, then a sergeant with the Thomaston department. He said Haj told him to meet with then-Chief James Hosford, who immediately hired Hoppe as a reserve officer.

Hoppe became a full-time officer and was promoted to sergeant in 2011.

He has served as acting police chief since Haj retired in June after 25 years with the town.

Selectmen also confirmed the appointment of Patrol Officer Olaf Sigaud as sergeant/investigator. Sigaud has been with the department for five years.

Newly hired Patrol Officers Thomas Hoepner, Jacob Labo and Jacob Grinnell were also recognized by town officials.

New Thomaston Police Chief Tim Hoppe receives a congratulatory hug from wife Ann, after his appointment was confirmed Monday night, Aug. 14, by Thomaston Selectmen. (Photo by: Daniel Dunkle)
Friends, family and fellow police officers turn out to see Tim Hoppe appointed police chief at Watts Hall in Thomaston. (Photo by: Daniel Dunkle)
Comments (9)
Posted by: Ronald Gamage | Aug 14, 2017 20:54

Congratulations Chief..thanks for protecting our town and all its citizens..how about a no ticket Tuesdays?





Posted by: Jeanette Marie Lombardo | Aug 12, 2017 09:12

Congratulations Tim.....you are an asset to the Thomaston community.



Posted by: Joanne L Richards | Aug 11, 2017 23:12

FANTASTIC!  CONGRATS!  A very good choice of a very good man!

Posted by: Doug Curtis Jr. | Aug 11, 2017 20:35

Congratulations Tim

Well deserved and we'll earned!


Posted by: Robert Jean | Aug 11, 2017 19:37

Excellent choice!  I am thrilled for my town. Best wishes, Chief Hoppe!


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Posted by: Ragna Weaver | Aug 11, 2017 15:45

Congratulations. Tim and Ann are two of the best people I know.


Posted by: Dale Hayward | Aug 11, 2017 13:36

Best to you Tim and to the Town of Thomaston, great choice, promote from withing if you can.

Posted by: Ron Hawkes | Aug 11, 2017 13:23

Congratulations Tim!!!

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