Chris Greeley cause of death: Holden Police Chief Chris Greeley passed away on Thursday night due to a brief illness, according to the police department.
Greeley was a well-known figure in the community, having worked in various police departments in Penobscot County for 32 years.
Chris Greeley cause of death
The exact cause of his death was not made public
He had joined the Holden Police Department as a patrol officer in 2007 and worked his way up to chief in September 2015.
Greeley was not only recognized for his contributions as a police officer but also for his efforts in community service.
He was the brainchild behind the “25 Days of Kindness” program, which provided residents with food, gift cards, paper products, presents, and cash during December.
The program began with a few hundred dollars and grew to more than $25,000 last year.
Apart from his work as a police officer, Greeley was also a Republican legislator in the Maine House of Representatives from 2002 until 2010.
He was well-respected among his colleagues, and U.S. Sen. Susan Collins issued a statement praising Greeley for his work as an extraordinary law enforcement official and community leader.
“Through his words as well as his actions, Chris demonstrated his devotion to others, earning him the trust and admiration of his officers and the affection of the community,” Collins said.
Holden Police Department described Greeley as a leader who genuinely cared for his community and colleagues. “Chief Greeley’s humor, stories, and personality will be missed greatly by those of us who have known him for many years,” the department said.
George Hale, co-host of the radio station WVOM where Greeley was a fill-in, said Greeley was the kind of leader and police officer anyone would want.
Though they sometimes disagreed on politics, Hale said Greeley always listened to both sides of the argument and was fair and level-headed.
Bangor City Council Chairman Rick Fournier, who first met Greeley about 30 years ago, said Greeley was genuine, kind, and well-respected in the community.
Josh Tardy, who served alongside Greeley in the Maine Legislature from 2002 to 2010, recalled Greeley as a fun person to be around, with an infectious personality and a positive force.
The passing of Chief Greeley is a great loss not only to the Holden Police Department but also to the entire region.
He leaves behind a legacy of community service, and his dedication to his work and the people he served will always be remembered.