Kinch announces for at-large council seat

Kinch announces for at-large council seat

CUMBERLAND – Michael Kinch, former Cumberland deputy police chief, announced that he will be a candidate for an at-large seat on the Town Council in the upcoming Democratic primary in September.

“My professional career has been spent serving the people of our town, and quite frankly, I miss the everyday interaction with them,” said Kinch in a release. “I would like to once again be on the front lines in order to better our community to bring calm, dedicated, and strong leadership to the (council).”

Kinch pointed out that some of his most satisfying moments while serving as a police officer were working with seniors.

“There was a sense of giving back as I educated our seniors on how to protect themselves from scam artists and other criminal elements that are unfortunately a part of today’s society,” he said, adding that he’ll be more than an “election year visitor.”

Kinch noted his community experience and his knowledge of Cumberland, and won a number of accommodations.

Kinch said transparent government must prevail. He pointed to a proposal that would approximately double the council’s salary which, “conveniently, will not be considered until after the primary election in September.”

He noted that if elected to the council, he will donate his council salary to the School Department, where his two sons were educated.

Kinch is also questioning the need for four-year terms for council members, and said he believes that the current two-year terms should remain intact for greater accountability.

The candidate said he would like to see more open and transparent government from the local elected body.