AUGUSTA — The Maine Department of Public Safety held a swearing in ceremony for the new Chief of the Bureau of Capitol Police at the State House Wednesday.
“They are a modern and active police department that works on behalf of a very unique and dynamic constituency,” said Commissioner of the Department of Public Safety Michael Sauschuck.
After a nationwide search, Matthew Clancy was selected to replace former Capitol Police Chief Russell Gauvin. Gauvin retired after reaching a separation agreement with the state in April following several months of administrative leave for Facebook posts he made.
Clancy, who is originally from Massachusetts, has more than 35 years of law enforcement experience, including 19 as a police chief.
“It’s an honor, obviously an honor to serve the people of Maine as the Chief of the Capitol Police,” Clancy said.
Clancy began his role as chief of the capitol police on Oct. 18 and said he’s already observed how dedicated the members of the Capitol Police are to their mission.
“They’re good people. They get it, and I think that is half the battle in this day and age,” Clancy said.
He also said the agency is committed to keeping all who enter the State House safe.
“We’ll be guardians of the democratic process. We’ll act with integrity and transparency. We’ll listen to the people who serve. We’ll be accountable. We’ll learn from our mistakes and always strive to improve, but above all, we’ll conduct our sworn duties and continue to conduct our sworn duties as professionals who openly display fairness, humility and empathy for others,” Clancy said.
Clancy said he believes in professional policing, which includes accountability and transparency.
“A good part of this process will be to take a look at a lot of the process in pulse and make sure that we’re in lock step with best practices,” Clancy said.