Bourne Police Chief Dennis R. Woodside has announced his intention to retire from the Bourne Police Department. Chief Woodside submitted a letter of intent that states he will retire from the department effective January 11, 2021.
Bourne Town Administrator Anthony E. Schiavi presented the Bourne Board of Selectmen with the news of the chief’s retirement plans during the board’s remote meeting on Tuesday, December 1. In his letter, the chief said his last day in the office will be January 8, 2021.
Chief Woodside was born in East Boston, moved to Bourne when he was 6 years old and has lived here ever since. The 54-year-old is the oldest of four children, born to Robert A. and Dorothy A. Woodside of Buzzards Bay. He has two sisters, Diane M. Woodside and Doreen A. Dolin, and a brother, Daniel E. Woodside.
A 1984 graduate of Bourne High School, he earned an associate’s degree from Cape Cod Community College and bachelor’s and master’s degrees in criminal justice from Western New England University in Springfield.
He has been married to his wife, Andrea M. (Shea) Woodside, for more than 25 years. The couple lives in Pocasset, where they raised their three sons, Dillon, 23, Declan, 20, and Dalton, 18.
As a young man, his aspirations were more toward becoming a firefighter, the chief said. That changed after he turned 19 and spent a summer working as a summer police officer in Falmouth.
The following year, he worked as a summer officer in Bourne for two to three months and then went to the state police academy. Eventually, he became a full-time officer, joining the Bourne Police Department on September 8, 1987.
Six years later, one month shy of his 27th birthday, Patrolman Woodside was promoted to Sergeant Woodside. Former Bourne Police Chief John A. Ford Jr. recommended the promotion to the board of selectmen, who approved the recommendation.
By December 2010, Earl V. Baldwin had retired as chief of police and Chief Ford was serving as chairman of the selectmen. Selectman Ford approved yet another promotion for Sgt. Woodside, this time as Chief Baldwin’s successor as Bourne’s next chief of police.
The chief’s involvement in the town extends beyond supervising the police department. He has also served on a number of town boards and committees, including the Police Facility Building Committee, which oversaw construction of the department’s new home on Armory Road, as well as the Transportation Advisory, the Bylaw and Street and Traffic Light committees.