Police chief to transition to school resource officer at Medomak Valley

By Beth A. Birmingham | Aug 15, 2018
Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham Waldoboro Police Chief William Labombarde announces his retirement during the Aug. 14 Board of Selectmen's meeting. He will be transferring to Medomak Valley as the new school resource officer and continuing his work with the Angel Drug Outreach Program.

Waldoboro — Police Chief William Labombarde announced Aug. 14 that he will be stepping away from the Waldoboro Police Department and moving to Medomak Valley High School as the new school resource officer.

Labombarde will be filling the vacancy left by prior SRO Chris Spear, who has taken a position with Rockland Police Department.

"The work in Waldoboro has been an adventure and I absolutely thank everybody for their support that I've gotten over the last 11 or so years," he said, addressing the audience at the regularly scheduled Board of Selectmen's meeting.

Labombarde said it wasn't a haphazard decision, but "you know when it's time."

"I have really, truly enjoyed working for the citizens and the selectmen of the town of Waldoboro," Labombarde said.

Labombarde will be staying on as interim chief until the new chief is appointed.

Chairman Robert Bulter thanked Labombarde for his service and said, "It has been a great collaboration."

"All the stars at this point aligned," Town Manager Julie Keizer said, and Labombarde followed that by saying that if the opening hadn't have been there, he probably would have put his retirement off for another year.

"If you know Bill, you know he's passionate about three things -- Westerns, children in general, and trying to solve the drug issues that we have," Keizer said. "This was just such a great fit."

Labombarde, who has been a foster parent for 17 years, will not only be working with the students in the schools, but will continue his work with the Angel Drug Outreach Program.

Keizer said in the one year she has worked with Labombarde, they have found common ground to make each other laugh -- even in difficult situations.

"That's what you do, you make people smile," she said to Labombarde.

"You're a great teacher," Butler added, noting that he took Labombarde's Citizen's Police Academy.

"I want to thank everybody," Labombarde said again. "Sometimes it's just time to step down, and that's where I'm at."

He was given a standing ovation.

At the conclusion of the meeting, Keizer announced that a Police Chief Search Committee, consisting of seven members, would be assembled to conduct interviews for Labombarde's replacement.

Courier Publications reporter Beth A. Birmingham can be reached at 594-4401 ext. 125 or via email at bbirmingham@villagesoup.com.

Police chief to transition to school resource officer at Medomak Valley
Comments (1)
Posted by: Edwin E Ecker | Aug 15, 2018 15:29

Great move ,now maybe your next job will be crosswalk guard .

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