Portland assistant police chief to retire

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PORTLAND — Assistant Police Chief Joseph Loughlin is retiring at the end of December, concluding a 28-year career with the department.

Loughlin, a published author, has said he’d like to teach and write more in his retirement.

The New York native joined the department in 1981 when he was 26 and has held every rank. He was named deputy chief in 2006 and served as acting chief for about eight months, until Chief James Craig was hired last May.

Loughlin teamed up with mystery writer Kate Clark Flora to write “Finding Amy” in 2006. The book follows the investigation into the 2001 murder of Amy St. Laurent, a 25-year-old woman who disappeared from the Old Port.

The department was expected to launch a nationwide search this week to find a replacement for Loughlin, according to city spokeswoman Nicole Clegg. The position will be advertised nationally through the International Association of Chiefs of Police, National Organization for Black Law Enforcement Executives and the National Center for Women and Policing.

Applications are due by Jan. 15, 2010. More information on the position will be posted at police.portlandmaine.gov later this week.





Portland Police Department Assistant Chief Joe Loughlin will retire at year-end.