BANGOR, Maine — The Penobscot County Sheriff’s Office will have a new chief deputy at the beginning of next year.

Sgt. William Sheehan, whose law enforcement career has spanned two decades, will assume the role held by Troy Morton.

Morton, who was elected sheriff in November, announced the promotion on Tuesday.

“Sgt. Sheehan is very dedicated to the mission of the [Penobscot County] Sheriff’s Office, has an excellent knowledge of the criminal justice system and a high degree of integrity,” Morton said. “His experience in corrections, municipal and county law enforcement will prove to be invaluable to our agency.”

Sheehan earned a criminal justice degree at the University of Maine before his career started as a corrections officer at the Penobscot County Sheriff’s Office in 1994. From 1998 to 2003, he served as a patrol officer for the Orono Police Department before returning to the sheriff’s office as a patrol deputy.

He was promoted to his sergeant position in 2007.

Sheehan will assume his new role as chief deputy on Jan. 1.

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