Some might imagine it an unwanted burden on the police force of a rural community to have the First Family and its legion of attendants descend on your town at the height of summer, but West Tisbury police chief Beth Toomey couldn’t be happier about the President coming Sunday.

“I’m actually looking forward to this,” she said. “It’s always an honor to have the President visit. I’m looking forward to doing what we’re supposed to do and getting it done.”

Ms. Toomey has served through multiple summer visits from former President Bill Clinton, so she knows the drill. And one week sounds like a picnic compared to years past.

“One year when the President stayed for three weeks, I remember being very tired at the end,“ she said.

Security for the visit is run by the United States Secret Service, which relies on aid from local and state law enforcement.

“We’re given our marching orders and we perform them,” said Chief Toomey. “The Secret Service handles everything to do with the dignitaries; we look after our people. We’re a small department: only so much we can and can’t do. We’re always maintaining safety for our citizens. One department is not alone in this; there’s a group responsibility.”

She said she expects that the town will be able to manage costs associated with the visit and stay within budget.

“I’m not supposed to comment on manpower but we’re not exceeding our budget,” she said.

Though the entrance to Blue Heron Farm, where the Obamas will be staying, is located just past the Chilmark town line, the property curves back into West Tisbury, which has the closest town center and offers the only route down-Island for the property.

The Martha’s Vineyard Airport is also in the jurisdiction of West Tisbury, where the First Family is scheduled to arrive by helicopter Sunday.

The airport actually straddles three towns — the car park and airport entrance are in Edgartown and a tip of the runway is in Oak Bluffs, but assets and property pertaining to operations are all located in West Tisbury.

Chief Toomey doubles as law enforcement officer at the airport — the position is a federal requirement at airports — and there is a full-time and part-time police presence at the airport throughout the year.

“We deal with the airport helping through any challenges,” she said, adding that everything she has heard about preparations for the visit has been good so far. “It all sounds pretty positive.”

Chilmark police chief Brian Cioffi said his force was excited about the visit, but he said it will not have a major impact since the department is already geared up for summer. From the end of May until mid-October, the year-round Chilmark police force of four swells with the addition of 12 part time officers to help deal with summer crowds.

“I’m very happy the President chose our town to stay in,” he said.

Around a month ago member of the United States Secret Service special agent-in-charge Steven Ricciardi of the Boston office whisked around to police chiefs in every Island town and told them that if anyone came asking questions about a presidential visit to have them call him, and left a number.

Of course anyone calling a member of the Secret Service looking for information is likely to be disappointed. However, yesterday Mr. Ricciardi was able to confirm one fact about the logistical operations — that part of Tisbury Great Pond will be closed to the public.

“At a certain point parts of the pond will be closed except for residents,” he said.

Mr. Ricciardi will be given a full security briefing tomorrow by an on-Island team.

“Understandably, there’s a lot I can’t talk about for obvious reasons,” he said.