Congratulations are due to Mount Desert Island and Acting Bar Harbor Chief of Police James Willis who was elected President of the Maine Chiefs of Police Association for 2014-15 in Bar Harbor at the annual meeting on Friday, September 12th.

Willis who has been Chief of the Mount Desert Island Police force for 10 years, and Acting Chief in  Bar Harbor since November 2013, was sworn in as a police officer in 1986. He worked for 16 years in the Hancock County Sheriff's Department, and one year with the District Attorney's Office.

As President of the Maine Chief's of Police Association he wants to continue exploring the possibility of creating a police accreditation program through the Maine Chiefs of Police Association and enhance certification for police officers through the police academy. He also wants to work on leadership training for the next generation of future police chiefs through the International Association of Chiefs of Police, and the Maine State Police .