ST. GEORGE — The Knox County Democratic Committee was unanimous Thursday evening, July 21, in recommending Chief Deputy Patrick Polky succeed Tim Carroll as sheriff.

The Committee met for about 15 minutes via Zoom and voted to recommend to Maine Gov. Janet Mills Polky be appointed as sheriff through the end of the year.

And the Committee voted to nominate Polky as its candidate to replace Carroll on the Nov. 8 ballot.

Carroll stepped down as sheriff to take the job of Rockland Police Chief. State law requires the political party of the former sheriff to make a recommendation to the governor. The Committee also gets to replace Carroll on the ballot.

There were no other candidates seeking the sheriff’s post so Polky will be uncontested for the seat in November.

Polky started his law enforcement career in 1999 as a parking officer in Camden. He worked for the town for several years as a patrol officer and patrol sergeant.

In 2013, he left to pursue further education.

He returned to law enforcement in 2014 with the Knox County Sheriff’s Office as a patrol deputy on North Haven. In 2015, he was promoted to patrol supervisor sergeant. In 2017, he was promoted to patrol administrator lieutenant and in November 2018 was named by Carroll as the chief deputy.

In 2016, Sheriff Donna Dennison honored Polky for life-saving measures in preventing a despondent man from committing suicide.

Polky retired from military service after 21 years in 2016. He enlisted in 1995, leaving the active service in 1998. He entered the Maine Army National Guard as a sergeant and was assigned as a technical engineer. He was reassigned to positions such as squad leader, detachment non-commissioned officer and platoon sergeant.

He was deployed to Afghanistan in 2006 and 2010. He received the Bronze Star medal, Meritorious Service medal, Joint Services Achievement medal, and Distinguished Order of Saint Martin.

Rockland Chief Carroll endorsed Polky as his successor at the July 21 meeting.

“He has the leadership and experience to continue the good work that we have done,” Carroll said.

Pinny Beebe-Center of Rockland, who is a former state representative and current candidate for state Senate, said what Knox County has done in regard to aiding recovery for incarcerated people is a model for the state.

“I have complete faith in Pat,” she said.

Polky spoke briefly and said he was very invested in the department and the Knox County community. He said continuing efforts to help to provide and direct people to recovery services is a priority.