Carroll takes helm as Marine Patrol lieutenant

Feb 02, 2014
Jay Carroll

Jay Carroll, an 18-year veteran of the Maine Marine Patrol has recently been promoted to lieutenant of Marine Patrol’s Division II, which stretches from the St. George River in Thomaston to the Canadian border.

Lt. Carroll replaces Lt. Dale Sprowl who served in the Marine Patrol since 1989.

“This is a critically important conservation law enforcement position, as more of Maine’s commercial harvesting activity is moving east,” said Gov. Paul R. LePage in a news release. “Lt. Carroll brings a depth of professional experience and unique personal connection to Maine’s downeast coastal communities, which makes him ideally suited for this important leadership role.”

Carroll, a 1988 graduate of Mount Desert Island Regional High School and a 2012 inductee into the school's Athletic Hall of Fame, grew up in Hancock County and has had a lifelong connection to Marine Patrol.

“My father, Jim, was the very first lieutenant to occupy the Division II headquarters here in Lamoine,” said Carroll. “My uncle John Carroll and my cousin Richard LaHaye Jr. both served as Marine Patrol lieutenants, and my cousin Tim Carroll also served in the Marine Patrol.

“Marine Patrol for the Carroll family is much like the commercial fishing industry. It is a family business,” said Carroll. “The family connection undoubtedly influenced my decision to join the Marine Patrol.”

“That family history with the Maine Marine Patrol instilled in Jay at a young age a strong appreciation for the importance of the Marine Patrol and a sense of professionalism that has characterized his career,” said Marine Patrol Col. Joseph Fessenden.

Prior to his promotion, Lt. Carroll served as a sergeant in the Marine Patrol for 12 years in Marine Patrol’s Section 5, between the Penobscot River to the Hancock Bridge.

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, before joining the Marine Patrol, and steadily rising through the ranks from officer, to specialist, to sergeant and then lieutenant.

“Lt. Carroll has done an outstanding job at each stage of his career,” said Fessenden. “He has developed excellent working relationships with the commercial fishing industry and is known as an exceptional communicator. His communications skills have helped the Department of Marine Resources and the Marine Patrol make informed decisions around often complex management and enforcement issues.”

“He has also remained committed to professional development throughout his career,” said Fessenden. Lt. Carroll is trained in three levels of NOAA’s Large Whale Disentanglement Training program, and has undergone Incident Command System training by the National Interagency Incident Management System and the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Carroll is also a US Coast Guard Licensed Boat Captain and has completed courses in criminal investigation, management in government, and supervision.

Carroll has received numerous awards during his career. They include the Maine Lobstermen’s Association Marine Patrol Officer of the Year award, the Northeast Conservation Law Enforcement Chief’s Association Officer of the Year award, and the Maine Department of Marine Resources Employee of the Year Award. “The awards he has received reflect the great respect Lieutenant Carroll has among his peers, with industry, and with his employer, said Fessenden.”

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