Police Chief Joseph Massey, Waterville, Maine
Chief Joe Massey’s law enforcement career has spanned more than 40 years beginning in 1978 with the Oakland Police Department. In 1981 he joined the Rumford Police Department as a patrol officer and held the positions of detective and sergeant until his departure in 1987. Hired as a patrol officer for the Waterville Police Department in July of 1987 he has held every rank within the department with his promotion to Police Chief in July 2007.
Chief Massey holds a BS Degree in Public Administration from UMA, and an MBA from Thomas College. Chief Massey was an Associate Professor at Thomas College for several years where he taught criminal justice courses. He is also a Graduate of the 191st Session of the FBI National Academy, a Graduate of New England Institute of Command Training, and the FBI’s Executive Development Training program.
Chief Massey served as the Maine Chiefs of Police District IV Representative for Kennebec/Somerset Counties from 2009 until 2016. During his 35 years with the Waterville Police Department, he has instituted several innovated Community Policing Programs such as the Mid-Night Team Mental Health Provider, Prescription Drug Diversion Program, and the Pharmacy and Bank Robbery Training and Response Protocols. In January of 2017 he implemented Project HOPE, a program designed to help those suffering from substance use disorders. One of his top priorities is to combat the current opioid crisis that we are facing with innovated approaches such as Operation HOPE. He believes that strengthening community ties between the police and community is essential in ensuring public safety for all.