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Maine Warden Service Promotes Two to Rank of Lieutenant

November 16, 2009

MAINE DEPARTMENT OF INLAND FISHERIES & WILDLIFE 284 State St., SHS 41, Augusta, ME 04333 Main Number: 287-8000

For more information, contact IF&W spokesperson Deborah Turcotte at 592-1164

AUGUSTA – Two Maine Warden Service sergeants were promoted to the rank of lieutenant during a brief ceremony today at the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife.

Kevin S. Adam of Dexter and Thomas D. Ward of Masardis were sworn in by Commissioner Roland “Danny” Martin. The oath was witnessed by MWS Colonel Joel Wilkinson and Major Gregory Sanborn.

“The people of Maine and the officers of the Maine Warden Service will be in good, safe hands because of the strong commitment to duty and solid work ethic held by Lt. Adam and Lt. Ward,” according to Commissioner Martin. “I congratulate them for their well-deserved promotions

Lt. Adam will supervise approximately 35 sergeants and game wardens in the Central Division, which encompasses Piscataquis and Somerset counties and portions of Hancock, Kennebec, Penobscot, Waldo and Washington counties, and is based in Greenville.

Lt. Ward will supervise approximately 35 sergeants and game wardens in the Northeastern Division, which encompasses Aroostook County and most of Washington County, and is based in Ashland.

“Lts. Adam and Ward are dedicated individuals who believe in the mission, vision and values of the Maine Warden Service,” said Col. Wilkinson. “We’re confident they’re going to do great things. When faced with making a tough decision, they’ll make the right decision for the public as a whole and the Maine Warden Service.”

Both will report to Major Sanborn, director of field operations, and join two other lieutenants in the ranks. Today’s promotions fill slots vacated by the retirements of Lt. Doug Tibbetts and Lt. Patrick Dorian, each who served in the Maine Warden Service for more than 37 years.

“Although the Maine Warden Service lost over 74 years of experience with the recent retirements, the promotion of Lts. Adam and Ward leaves the respective divisions with experienced leadership,” according to Major Sanborn. “I look forward to working with these lieutenants.”

Lt. Adam’s exemplary and distinguished career began in 1986 as Deputy Game Warden, and in 1992 he was named District Game Warden in the Dexter area. He was promoted to sergeant in 2007. In 2002, Lt. Adam received the distinction of “Warden of the Year.” He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in conservation law enforcement from Unity College. Lt. Adam also manages the organization’s search and rescue operations, and serves as liaison at the Maine Emergency Management Agency.

Lt. Adam and his wife, Bobbie Jean, have two daughters, Gabrielle and Isabella.

Lt. Ward’s exemplary and distinguished career began in 1985 as a Deputy Game Warden. From 1987-1996, he served the Daaquam, Rockwood and Greenville areas as a District Game Warden, and was promoted to the rank of sergeant in 1996. He received the distinction of “Warden of the Year” in 1994. Lt. Ward also manages Homeland Security operations, working closely with national and Canada security agencies on border issues. He holds an Associate of Science degree in forest management technology from the University of Maine and studied criminal justice at Southern Maine Technical College, Eastern Maine Technical College, and the University of Maine at Augusta.

Lt. Ward and his wife, Shari, have three sons, Isaac, Caleb and Amos. His father, Allyn, also attended the ceremony.

Lt. Kevin Adam and Lt. Thomas Ward, each with exemplary careers and recipients of the "Warden of the Year" honor, will supervise the Central and Northeastern divisions.