Sanborn seemed a good fit for the new position. A Danvers native and Danvers High graduate (Class of 1988), he has a background in recreation, law enforcement and resource management. He worked closely with the Townleys for several months to make the transition.
“They were very supportive, very helpful, and I think it’s fair to say quite invested in this plan as a solid idea, as a good idea, and they wanted to pass on their institutional knowledge to Chris,” Marquis said.
Sanborn’s involvement with Endicott Park goes back 20 years when he was part of the first group of Police Explorers there at age 14. The teenagers volunteered to learn about law enforcement, collect parking fees, assist parking cars at events and patrol the park on bikes, among other things. Sanborn eventually became friendly with Dave Townley.
“I wanted to do more with the park,” Sanborn said, “so I actually volunteered outside of the explorer program. We did everything other than operate power equipment, building fences and things. I was fortunate that when I turned 18, Dave actually hired me full time as a park ranger down there. I worked for a couple of years doing that. I loved doing it.”
Sanborn also works part time as a reserve police officer in Topsfield and Wenham.
Though there may be a lot on Sanborn’s plate, Marquis said he’ll still have a deputy harbormaster and assistants to patrol the waterfront.
“I view my job as probably mostly administrative at this point,” Sanborn said. “I don’t see myself getting out on the boat much — as much as I would like, anyway.”
Sanborn is married to Ashley Sanborn, a Danvers police detective, and they have a 7-month-old daughter, Miranda Rae.
Staff writer Ethan Forman can be reached at 978-338-2673, by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter at @DanverSalemNews.