LAMOINE — Mark Murry, who has served as a Marine Patrol officer for 20 years, the last 17 as a specialist, has been promoted to sergeant of Section Five, which encompasses the area from Hancock to Jonesboro.
In addition to two decades with the Marine Patrol, Murry brings to the position 24 years of experience with the U.S. Coast Guard.
As a specialist, Murry operated large patrol vessels in the Downeast region. His responsibilities included operation and maintenance of vessels, and transporting Marine Patrol officers during patrol, enforcement and search and rescue operations.
Murry has participated in numerous significant cases involving everything from groundfish to lobsters in both state and federal waters. He has also operated vessels that served as a platform for many joint operations with the Coast Guard, Marine Patrol/State Police Dive Team and Maine Warden Service.
“During his time in the Marine Patrol, Sgt. Murry has developed a strong working knowledge of the unique and often dangerous maritime environment Downeast,” said Lt. Troy Dow, who oversees Marine Patrol personnel in Division II, which includes Murry’s section.
“He has also developed an excellent rapport with and the trust of the local fishing and coastal communities, which is a critical quality for a Marine Patrol officer.”
During his tenure in the Marine Patrol, Murry has trained and mentored new officers, served as a member of the board that qualifies specialists, participated as a member of the whale disentanglement team and in numerous search and rescue operations.
As an officer in the Coast Guard, Murry was responsible for administration of search and rescue logistics including budget, personnel, operational readiness, and vessel maintenance. He was also responsible for training, qualification and evaluation of Coast Guard enlisted personnel, reservists and members of the Coast Guard Auxiliary.
During his career, Murry has received several awards including the Marine Patrol Lifesaving Award, the Commissioner’s Letter of Appreciation, the Washington County Officer of the Year Award and numerous awards and medals from the U.S. Coast Guard.
Murry replaces Sgt. Colin MacDonald, who transferred into the sergeant’s position in Section Four after the promotion of Lt. Dow.
“Sergeant Murry has developed strong professional skills during his time as an officer in the U.S. Coast Guard and in the Marine Patrol,” said Lt. Dow “His decades of operational and administrative experience in addition to his unique understanding of the Downeast coast and its communities will be a major asset in this new leadership position.”