LAMOINE — Lt. Jay Carroll, a 23-year veteran of the Maine Marine Patrol, has been promoted to colonel, replacing Jon Cornish, who officially retires April 5 as chief of the Marine Patrol.
Cornish will retire after 34 years of Marine Patrol service, the last four as colonel. Since 2014, Carroll served as commanding officer of the patrol’s Division II, which stretches from Searsport to the Canadian border and is headquartered at Lamoine State Park.
“I have great confidence in Lt. Carroll’s ability to excel in this leadership role,” Department of Marine Resources Commissioner Patrick Keliher said in a statement announcing the change of command. “His depth of professional experience and accomplishments as an officer, a specialist, a sergeant and a lieutenant on Maine’s increasingly busy Downeast coast position him well to guide the Marine Patrol into the future.”
Carroll has had a lifelong connection to the Marine Patrol. His father was also a lieutenant in Division II. His uncle and a cousin both served as Marine Patrol lieutenants. Another cousin, Tim Carroll, is currently the sheriff of Knox County and also served in the Marine Patrol.
“I am honored to take this next step in my career and look forward to working with the talented, hard-working Marine Patrol professionals whose efforts are critical in sustaining our state’s valuable marine resources,” Carroll said in a statement.
Before serving as lieutenant, Carroll served for 13 years as a field sergeant in Hancock and Washington counties, one year as a boat captain in Knox County, and four years as an officer in the Port Clyde patrol area.
Carroll began his career in law enforcement in 1994 as a reserve officer in the Bar Harbor Police Department, then served as a deputy with the Knox County Sherriff’s Office before joining the Marine Patrol in 1996.
Cornish began his career in the Marine Patrol in 1985. In 2001, he was promoted to the rank of sergeant and in 2004 to lieutenant. In 2015, Cornish was promoted to colonel.
“I’m grateful for Col. Cornish’s decades of exceptional service,” Keliher said. “He has shown great commitment and judgment throughout his career and has guided the Marine Patrol with a steady hand as colonel.”