Rob Beal Promoted to Marine Patrol Major

Rob Beal, left, and Col. Jay Carroll, right
Rob Beal, left, served as Marine Patrol sergeant in southern Maine before being promoted to Major in late May. Col. Jay Carroll, right. DMR photo.

Rob Beal, a 14-year veteran of the Maine Marine Patrol was promoted to Major and began serving in the new position May 21. Beal began his career with the Marine Patrol in 2005, first serving as a field officer, then as Sergeant, supervising officers and boat specialists in southern Maine. Beal replaces Rene Cloutier who recently retired after a 25-year career in Marine Patrol.

Beal’s responsibilities will include operational field command, as well as planning, coordinating, assigning, and overseeing Marine Patrol enforcement activities. He will also coordinate responses to requests by other agencies and represent the Marine Patrol on homeland security and other emergency preparedness issues. A native of Southwest Harbor and Wiscasset, Beal worked as a lobsterman in Southwest Harbor and Bar Harbor prior to joining the Marine Patrol.

“Major Beal has shown tremendous leadership and work ethic as an officer and as a Sergeant,” said Colonel Jay Carroll. “His knowledge of the industry from the perspective of a fishermen and a Marine Patrol Officer has given him insights that will be invaluable in his new leadership role.”
Beal has led many challenging Marine Patrol searches over the years, coordinating logistics of search personnel from multiple agencies, outreach to family members, and communications with press. He and Sergeant Matt Talbot were featured in 2018 in a Bangor Daily News article touting Marine Patrol’s work.

“Major Beal has consistently operated at a high level during difficult, complex searches, providing steady leadership and valuable communications to families and communities facing difficult situations,” said Colonel Carroll.

Beal was instrumental in establishing a partnership between Operation Game Thief and the Maine Marine Patrol in 2014. OGT provides a confidential system for reporting violations of natural resource laws in Maine. Today, Beal serves as a liaison to the OGT board of directors. He received the Maine Lobstermen’s Association (MLA) Officer of the Year Award in 2007 and the Northeast Conservation Law Enforcement Chiefs Association Officer of the Year Award in 2009.

“Marine Patrol has many responsibilities and challenges today and we’re fortunate to have someone with Major Beal’s experience and track record step into this important role,” said Colonel Carroll.

Jay Carroll was promoted to Colonel in early April. Carroll had served at Lieutenant of Division II, from Searsport to the Canadian border, since 2014. 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 Sherriff with the Knox County Sherriff’s Office until 1996, when he joined the Marine Patrol, steadily rising through the ranks from Officer to Colonel.”