Mark Good

State Police Troop gets Commander

Mark Good
Lt. Roderick Charette is the new commander of State Police Troop J which serves Hancock and Washington counties.

ELLSWORTH — Lt. Roderick Charette is the new commander of Maine State Police Troop J, which serves Hancock and Washington counties.

Lt. Charette began his duties on Nov. 1.

He replaces Lt. Chris Coleman, who is now commander of CID II, the state police criminal investigation division responsible for investigating major crimes in the northern counties of Maine.

Lt. Charette is a 17-year veteran of the state police. He began as a road trooper in Troop E. Most recently, he was a sergeant in Troop C in Skowhegan.

The lieutenant said he welcomes his new responsibilities.

“It’s a whole new troop,” he said. “It’s very motivating.”

At Troop J, Lt. Charette is responsible for supervising three sergeants and 16 troopers. Headquartered in Ellsworth, the troop has field offices in Machias and Calais.

Under his leadership, Troop J will continue the quality of service the public expects, Lt. Charette said.

“We’ll continue serving the people of the state of Maine in a compassionate and courteous manner,” he said.

Lt. Charette lives in Newport with his wife Kristi and their children, Luke and Michaela. The family plans to move closer to Ellsworth soon.

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Mark Good

Mark Good

Reporter at Mount Desert Islander