Chief Burton (Ret.)

Chief Burton began a thirty-five-year law enforcement career as a Police Officer in the City of Portland, Maine. He progressed through the ranks over the next twenty-six-years and retired as the Chief of Police in 2008. He accepted a position as the Chief of Police in the City of Odessa, Texas where he served for almost ten years before retiring from law enforcement. He is recognized as a police policy and management expert.

Chief Burton has fifteen years’ experience as an adjunct instructor for Husson University, the University of Texas, Odessa College, and currently York County Community College. Chief Burton taught courses in business administration at the graduate level and criminal Justice at the undergraduate level. Chief Burton holds a Masters’ Degree in Business from Husson University and a Bachelors’ Degree in Criminology from the University of Southern Maine.

In addition to teaching, Chief Burton is the Criminal Justice Diversion Project manager for the National Alliance on Mental Illness in the State of Massachusetts. The Project works to improve the effectiveness of the Criminal Justice System’s response to those with mental illness and co-occurring conditions.