Governor LePage Nominates Chief of State Police

April 13, 2018

For Immediate Release: Friday, April 13, 2018
Contact: Julie Rabinowitz, Press Secretary, 207-287-2531

AUGUSTA – Governor Paul R. LePage announced that he is nominating Lt. Col. John Cote to be the next Chief of the State Police, replacing Col. Robert Williams who retired earlier this year.

“I am pleased to nominate Lt. Col. Cote,” stated Governor LePage. “He is an experienced law enforcement professional who will help us continue to provide the highest level of service to the people of Maine. He understands the needs of the agency as we work to recruit more Troopers and fight the opioid epidemic.”

Cote is a 29-year veteran of the Maine State Police and has served for the past two years as the force’s deputy chief. He is the former commanding officer of Troop F in Houlton and spent much of his career with the criminal division, investigating homicides and suspicious deaths. A former deputy with the Aroostook County Sheriff’s Office, Cote joined the State Police in 1989.

He holds an Associate’s Degree in Criminal Justice/Legal Technology from the University of Maine and has completed numerous law enforcement professional development courses, including a ten-week program at the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Virginia, in 2017.

A native of Aroostook County, Cote has lived in Mars Hill for most of his State Police career. Upon becoming deputy chief, he moved to the Town of China.

The Committee on Criminal Justice and Public Safety of the 128th Legislature will hear the nomination, and the Committee will schedule a public hearing.

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