Bath Police Chief Andrew Booth has appointed Sergeant Michelle Small to become Bath PD’s next Deputy Chief, filling the vacancy created by his promotion to Chief of Police last week after the retirement of Chief Michael Field. Small will start her new role as Deputy Chief early next month.
Small began her career at Bath PD in 2001, graduating from the 1st Basic Law Enforcement Training Program. She became a K9 handler in 2002 and continues in that role today as a State certified K9 instructor, working alongside her partner K9 Sampson. She was promoted to Corporal in 2013, Sergeant in 2018, and now Deputy Chief. She is the first female officer to achieve this rank at Bath PD.
Small holds a bachelor’s degree in Administration of Justice, an associate’s degree in Criminal Justice, a minor in addiction studies, and a certificate in community policing, all from the University of Maine at Augusta.
Small was born and raised in Bath, where she currently resides, and has strong ties to the community. Her great grandfather served as Bath’s City Marshall (equivalent to the Chief of Police) in the early 1900’s and her great uncle, Loring Small, served as the Sagadahoc Sheriff in the 1950’s.
Small is a decorated veteran officer, having received numerous awards and commendations for her performance as a law enforcement officer, K9 handler, and patrol supervisor.
“I have the utmost faith in Deputy Chief Small’s capabilities, intelligence, and integrity," said Chief Booth. "I am excited to continue working with her in her new role as my Deputy Chief. We will make a great team and continue Bath Police Department’s legacy of community policing and quality service to the City of Bath.”