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June 23, 2023

Portland picks police chief with legal background

Portland City Manager Danielle West has named Mark Dubois as her choice to be Portland's next police chief. Dubois currently serves as chief of police in Braintree, Mass.

West made her selection following an extensive search and review process. The appointment still needs to be confirmed by the Portland City Council, which is set to vote at its meeting on Monday.

Mark Dubois
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Mark Dubois

Dubois has served in his current role since 2019. He previously was chief of police in Maynard, Mass., for seven years.

If confirmed, he start his new job in Portland on July 31, earning an annual salary of $165,000.

“I’m excited to have Mark join the Portland Police Department and our city leadership team,” West said. “Mark has demonstrated a commitment to instilling trust, spurring collaboration and communicating and working with diverse communities. He has a deep understanding of the law and a passion for contributing to the advancement of his profession. I’d like to thank the city staff and community leaders who provided me with invaluable feedback during my decision making process.” 

Dubois has also worked for Massachusetts police departments in Sutton, Northborough and Shrewsbury. He is a reservist in the military and serves as a Judge Advocate (Lieutenant Colonel). He is a member of the FBI National Academy Associates, as well as several other law enforcement, legal, and social services professional organizations. 

He holds a Juris Doctor degree from the New England Law School as well as a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice from Westfield State College.

Dubois also completed training at the FBI National Academy. 

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