On June 2, 2021, Bath City Council confirmed Bath's next chief of police: Andrew Booth. Booth is currently the Bath Police Department's deputy chief, and will succeed current chief Michael Field after his retirement later this month.
Booth joined the Bath Police Department in 2002 as a patrol officer, rising through the ranks of patrol corporal, drug detective, detective sergeant, and earning his promotion to deputy chief in 2019. Booth is also a commissioned officer of the Vermont National Guard, where he is ranked lieutenant colonel.
"I have worked alongside Deputy Chief Booth for 18 years, of which the last year and a half he served as my second-in-command," said Field. "When I choose a deputy chief, I look to the future and see if that person can lead the department as police chief. Deputy Chief Booth is that person. He will reinforce the agency's mission statement and values along with the community's expectations of professional policing."
In 2020, Booth was responsible for carrying out COVID-19 operations, engaging with the police reform movement, and leading multi-agency operations for the Bath Iron Works labor strike. Field commended Booth for handling each with composure and professionalism.
"The interview panel was unanimous when they recommended Deputy Chief Booth to me," said City Manager Peter Owen. "The panel included community members representing agencies that have worked with the Bath Police Department for a long time, and they all felt that Deputy Chief Booth would make an excellent chief. I have great confidence in his ability to lead the department and manage any challenges with the utmost professionalism."
Booth will manage a staff of 25, including 19 police officers.
"Under my lead, Bath Police Department will continue to improve upon the strong community ties and programs Chief Field has been strongly supporting," said Booth. "I have full faith in our personnel and unanimous support from all officers in this endeavor. I have, and will, continue to devote myself toward achieving our goals of public safety for the City of Bath."