CENTREVILLE — The Centreville Town Council announces the appointment of Joseph S. Saboury as the new chief of the Centreville Police Department. The appointment was made after a diligent search that resulted in 77 interested applicants from throughout Maryland and beyond.

“We are very pleased to find an individual in our backyard with the level of experience and expertise that Joe Saboury can offer the town,” said Council President Jeff Morgan.

Saboury is a long-time resident of Centreville. In 1980, his family moved to Centreville, where he attended and graduated from Queen Anne’s County High School in 1987. He went on to pursue a career in law enforcement by serving as an intelligence specialist in the United States Army, where he served on active duty from 1988-1992. After an honorable discharge, Saboury applied for and was accepted to the Eastern Shore Criminal Justice Academy. He graduated and served as a Queen Anne’s County Deputy Sheriff from 1993-1998. During this assignment Saboury was assigned to patrol and K-9.

In 1998, Saboury was accepted into the Maryland State Police Academy, where he graduated as president of the 111th Maryland State Police Academy Class. Over the next 20 years he proudly served at State Police Barracks across the Eastern Shore and Baltimore Metro Regions. Saboury rose through the ranks of the Maryland State Police and retired as the Assistant Commander of the Maryland State Police Criminal Intelligence Section and Commander of the Eastern Shore Criminal Intelligence Center.

During his tenure with the Maryland State Police, Saboury received numerous awards and commendations for service above and beyond the call of duty. A few of his certifications included firearms instructor, crash reconstructionist, and response to active assailant threat instructor for police and civilians. After retirement, he served as the chief management analyst with the Queen Anne’s County Sheriff’s Office, and most recently was manager of Special Police for the Administrative Office of the Courts for the Maryland Judiciary.

Saboury and his family enjoy spending time on their boat, fishing and sports. Saboury is an active community member, having served on the Corsica River Conservancy Board, Northbrook Homeowners Association Board, Town of Centreville Personnel Review Board, Town of Centreville Board of Zoning Appeals, Queen Anne’s County Animal Control Board, and is a former council member for the Town of Church Hill.

Saboury is an active volunteer coach in Queen Anne’s County, where he has coached youth sports in basketball, travel baseball and soccer.

Saboury said he is excited for the opportunity to bring over 30 years of law enforcement experience, leadership and management to the Centreville Police Department, residents, community members and business owners of the town of Centreville.

“We have every expectation that Chief Saboury will continue to expand upon the departmental improvements that have been initiated by his predecessors,” said Council Vice President Tim McCluskey.

The Town Council extended a special thank you to Acting Police Chief Lt. Conrad Meil for leading the Centreville Police Department during the search. Meil’s knowledge and experience with the department have been invaluable during this transition process, they said in a news release.

Saboury is expected to start his new job Monday, Sept. 15, but won’t be officially sworn in until later in the week.

His swearing-in will take place at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 17 on the courthouse green in front of the former Queen Anne’s County Circuit Courthouse in a special outdoor ceremony for family and friends, said Carolyn Brinkley, town clerk. A second, ceremonial swearing-in will take place about 7:05 p.m. during the town council meeting in the county commissioners’ meeting room at the Liberty building; that ceremony will be available for public viewing on QAC-TV.

Centreville Police officers have been keeping town streets safe for 174 years with the first officer sworn in on Sept. 10, 1846. Today, with 13 sworn officers, Centreville is the only municipality in Queen Anne’s County with a police force.

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