ROCKLAND — The Rockland Police Department unanimously and enthusiastically confirmed the hiring of Knox County Sheriff Tim Carroll as Rockland’s next police chief.

He will officially begin his new post on Monday, July 11.

“Rockland is extremely lucky to have you,” Councilor Nicole Kalloch said at the July 6 meeting.

Mayor Ed Glaser said Carroll’s selection by the city manager was a good choice that would make the best police department in the area even better.

Carroll thanked the city officials, saying he appreciated the opportunity to work with a tremendous group of professionals. He thanked retired officers who attended the July 6 meeting including former Chief Christopher Young and retired Deputy Police Chief Lewis Metcalf.

Born in Camden, Carroll moved to Mount Desert Island when his father was named police chief of Southwest Harbor.

Carroll attended MDI schools and graduated from the University of Maine with a degree in law enforcement. His first official police position began in Rockland in 1991 — on the evening of his 21st birthday.

From there, he worked on the Bar Harbor Police force for four years, then joined the Maine Marine Patrol, serving in Stonington, and after nine years returned to Rockland.

In 2004, after marrying Heidi Kolmosky, he went to work in the family business at Fuller’s auto dealership as business manager. In a 2014 interview with The Courier-Gazette, he said despite enjoying the family connection, he wanted to return to law enforcement.

He joined the Knox County Sheriff’s Office and served as chief deputy for seven years under Sheriff Donna Dennison.

Carroll graduated from the FBI Academy in 2018.

He received the outstanding bravery award from the Waldo County Law Enforcement Association for saving the life of Jennifer Knowlton June 28, 1997, and was awarded the Lifesaving Medal by the Bureau of Marine Patrol “for action above and beyond the call of duty in effecting the rescue and the saving of a life” and was named Marine Patrol Officer of the Year in 2001.

He succeeds Christopher Young who left in November 2021 for a job in the private sector. Deputy Chief Joel Neal has served as interim chief since Young’s departure.

Carroll will be paid $115,000 a year.

His departure from the sheriff’s office will mean Chief Deputy Patrick Polky will be sheriff until the governor names a replacement. Under state law, the Knox County Democratic Committee gets to make a recommendation to the governor to fill the position until the next election, which is in November, since Carroll is a Democrat.

Since Carroll was to be uncontested on the November ballot, the Democrats will be able to offer a replacement candidate on the November ballot.

Sheriff Tim Carroll, right, speaks with Rockland Fire Chief Christopher Whytock, left, and former Police Chief Christopher Young, center. Photo by Stephen Betts