Change at the top: Jay Carroll new Marine Patrol Chief

Retiring Col. Jon Cornish, left, with newly promoted Col. Jay Carroll, right.

Jay Carroll, a 23-year veteran of the Maine Marine Patrol, was promoted to Colonel, beginning his position on April 1. Carroll was Lieutenant of Division II, from Searsport to the Canadian border, since 2014.

“I have great confidence in Lieutenant Carroll’s ability to excel in this leadership role,” said Maine DMR Commissioner Patrick Keliher. “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 Marine Patrol. His father, Jim, was also a Lieutenant in Division II. His uncle John Carroll and cousin Richard LaHaye Jr. both served as Marine Patrol Lieutenants, and his cousin Tim Carroll, currently the Sheriff of Knox County, also served in the Marine Patrol.
Prior to serving as Lieutenant, Carroll served for thirteen 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. He then served as a Deputy Sheriff with the Knox County Sheriff’s Office until 1996, when he joined the Marine Patrol.