OWLS HEAD — Patrick Polky was officially sworn into office Monday morning Aug. 1 as Knox County Sheriff.

The swearing-in ceremony was held at the maintenance hangar at the Knox County Regional Airport in Owls Head. Family, friends, and other law enforcement officials — including former sheriff and now Rockland Police Chief Tim Carroll — were in attendance for the brief ceremony.

Maine Gov. Janet Mills last week formally appointed Polky to succeed Carroll.

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.

Sheriff Patrick Polky, left, and Rockland Police Chief Tim Carroll. Photo by Stephen Betts

Friends, family, and other law enforcement officials watch the swearing-in ceremony. Photo by Stephen Betts

Photo by Stephen Betts