YARMOUTH — Michael Pierce is the newest member of the Police Department, which has also named a new harbor master and promoted a veteran officer to detective.
Pierce, 28, of the Gray-New Gloucester area, replaces Bruce Flanders, who served on the force for 33 years before retiring last November.
Police Chief Michael Morrill said Pierce is certified by the Northern Virgina Criminal Justice Academy. He graduated from Southern Maine Community College in 2003 with an associate’s degree in law enforcement and worked as a summer reserve officer in Kennebunk in 2003 and in Yarmouth in 2004.
In 2005, Pierce moved to Arlington, Va., and served as a full-time police officer for the Arlington County Police Department until 2011.
“We are familiar with him, we trained him and he was the top candidate of nearly 20 applicants,” Morrill said. “He has a lot of experience and is a good fit with this department.”
Pierce said he always planned to return to Yarmouth, and the timing of Flanders’ retirement and his move back worked out well. Even though things are slower in Yarmouth, the quality of life is better, he said.
“I’m glad to be back,” he said. “Everyone gets along and I fit in pretty well here.”
Morrill also announced that Richard Imbeault is the new seasonal harbor master, replacing Ian Selleck, who is retiring and moving to a part-time position.
Imbeault will also be the shellfish warden, Morrill said. He has worked as a mechanical engineer and fleet captain, and has served as firefighter.
“He has a lot of the qualifications we are looking for,” Morrill said. “We are really pleased to have him on board.”
Morrill said the department also now has its first detective, Paul Martin, who is a 22-year veteran of the force.
“We are at the point where we need this position,” Morrill said. “There are complicated investigations that are timely and very technical. He will follow the cases through and have contact with the complainants. … This will be a real asset to our department.”
Officer Michael Pierce is the newest member of the Yarmouth Police Department.