Bob Fitzsimmons is Baileyville’s New Police Chief

By Joyce Scott

Bob Fitzsimmons, formerly of Calais Police Department, has accepted the position as Chief of Police in Baileyville. Chief Fitzsimmons could be found at his desk Monday morning and is looking forward to working in Baileyville. (Photo by Dorothy Johnson).

Bob Fitzsimmons has gone from being a Sergeant with the Calais Police Department to the Police Chief of the Baileyville Police Department.

He replaces former Chief, Shawn Donahue who left in February to take a position with the Washington County Sheriff’s Department.

Although he began his official duties as the new chief on May 6th, Fitzsimmons was in Baileyville last week.  He is pleased with what he has found.  “Shawn Donahue left the department in great shape,” he said.   “The two officers that are here, Andrew Seavey and Josh Engroff, have done a great job keeping things going.”

He spent some time walking the streets of the town, meeting people and familiarizing himself.  “It was like a walk down memory lane,” he said.

Fitzsimmons grew up in Baileyville and is pleased to be back.  “It’s a great opportunity in my home town,” he said.  “I have a sense of home here.  This has always been home to me.”

He has a history with this department.   “My father was Chief of the Baileyville Police Department in the late 60s and early 70s,” he told a Calais Advertiser reporter.

“This was not in my original plan, but if I was ever going to be a police chief, Baileyville was at the top of my list,” the new chief said.

It will be a learning experience.  “What scares me is what I don’t know yet,” he said.  “But, I have been well prepared by the supervisors I have had in the past.  If I have any questions I know that Shawn Donahue and David Randall are only a phone call away.”

There will be changes.  “They will be gradual,” he said.  “I have to see what is working now and go from there.”

He has goals.   “We have some budget issues,” he said.  “It’s not just this department but the town as well.  We have to get on top of it and adapt accordingly.” 

He has met with the other new face in town Rick Bronson, the new town manager.  “I am very excited to be working with him,” he said.  “He brings with him a wealth of experience.”

He didn’t arrive in the small mill town alone.  He brought his sidekick.  “Corporal Pooh came on board as well,” he said.

Fitzsimmons has 13 years of experience in law enforcement.  He worked for Pleasant Point Police Department for 6 years, spent three years with the Passamaquoddy Warden Service  and four and a half years with the Calais Police Department.  He also attended the Marine Patrol School.

The new chief said he has an open door policy and advised citizens to stop by with any concerns they may have.  “I’m ready to go to work,” he said.