Rob Beal Promoted to Major of Maine Marine Patrol

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Rob Beal, the new Marine Patrol Major (left) is pictured with Colonel Jay Carroll.

Augusta - Rob Beal, a 14-year veteran of the Maine Marine Patrol has been promoted to Major and began serving in the new position Tuesday, May 21, 2019.

Beal began his career with the Marine Patrol in 2005, first serving as a field officer until 2011, then as Sergeant, supervising officers and boat specialists in southern Maine until his recent promotion.

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 challenging, 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.

Beal received the Maine Lobstermen's Association 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.