Deputy Police Chief Joel Neal

ROCKLAND — Rockland Deputy Police Chief Joel Neal has retired from the department.

Neal submitted his retirement notice on Wednesday, Aug. 24.

Neal has been with the department 27 years. He was promoted to detective in 2015. Neal served as deputy chief since 2018 and as interim chief following the Nov. 2021 departure of Chief Christopher Young, until the hiring of Tim Carroll as chief in July.

Neal is a 1997 graduate of the Maine Criminal Justice Academy. He had a combined 30 years of active duty and reserve duty with the U.S. Army. He has held a variety of positions within the department, including field training officer, motorcycle patrol officer and harbor patrol member. He is a certified instructor of firearms and Taser law enforcement use for the department and the Maine Criminal Justice Academy.

Neal graduated from Stearns High School in Millinocket in 1985.

Chief Carroll said Thursday, Aug. 25 Neal had a distinguished career with the Rockland department.

The chief said he is not filling the position at this time but instead is focusing on filling the now five vacancies on the 18-member Rockland department. The chief said there are applications in the pipeline and he hopes to begin filling those vacancies.