Emery sworn in for eighth term, Meriwether for first as county commissioner

Carroll sworn in as Knox County sheriff

By Stephen Betts | Dec 31, 2018
Photo by: Stephen Betts From left, Knox County Sheriff Tim Carroll, Knox County Probate Judge Carol Emery and Knox County Commissioner Dorothy Meriwether are sworn into office Monday, Dec. 31.

Rockland — Tim Carroll was officially sworn in Monday morning, Dec. 31, as Knox County's sheriff.

Knox County Probate Judge Carol Emery, the first woman elected a probate judge in Maine, who won her first election in 1990, was sworn in for an eighth term. Emery is a Republican from St. George and was unopposed in her reelection bid.

And Dorothy Meriwether was sworn in for her first term as a Knox County commissioner. Meriwether, a Democrat from South Thomaston, was unopposed for the post, which represents Rockland, Thomaston, South Thomaston and Owls Head. She succeeds Democrat Carol Maines of Rockland, who did not seek reelection.

The ceremony was performed at the Knox County Courthouse. Family and friends of the elected officials were in attendance, as were many county law enforcement officers.

Carroll was elected without opposition in November to a four-year term, succeeding Donna Dennison, who did not seek a fourth term. Dennison attended the swearing-in ceremony.

Carroll had served as Dennison's chief deputy for eight years. He graduated a year ago from the FBI Academy.

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.

"I am very fortunate to have been part of the Knox County Sheriff's Office for almost 10 years and an administrator of the agency for most of that.  We have come a long way since then," Carroll said in a prepared statement.

"On the patrol side, we have concentrated on hiring good people and we have done the right things to attract those people," Carroll said.
He said the budget committee has been supportive of making sure the department has competitive wages and good equipment to do its job and the department has worked hard at being "sensitive to appropriately spending the taxpayers' dollars."
"Like all of law enforcement, we are also having a hard time recruiting people that want to be in the profession. Being short-handed has not lowered our level of professionalism that the people have come to expect from our deputies. I want to continue supporting them for doing the great job they do in an ever-increasing tough atmosphere to be a law enforcement officer.
He said continued training was essential. "I think an asset that this county has is our willingness to work closely with other local law enforcement agencies. Chief Young, Chief Gagne, Chief Hoppe and I are in constant communication working with each other. That will also translate into working closely with the other department heads within the county government to better show the people all the services that Knox County provides to its citizens," the new sheriff said.
"On the Corrections side, again, continue to support the work that the corrections officers do on a daily basis. They have a tough job that this current crew does very well. There will be some changes in administration this year at the jail, and I need to make sure the officers have the support and abilities to continue being progressive and properly trained.
"I have already been working on addressing the opoid problem that this county has.  Concerning the jail, I will partner with the right local organizations and care providers to help curb those substance-use disorders that lead to recidivism and ultimately cost the taxpayers more money. This is going to be a focus from the administration coming into Augusta, and I want to make sure we're a part of that process," he said. He added that funding is always an issue at the jail when it comes to obtaining appropriate monies from the state.
"I hope with Warden Liberty (a former sheriff)  taking the helm at the Department of Corrections as commissioner, he understands and will help the counties with this never-ending battle the counties collectively have to fight for every year.  We're in good shape in Knox County, but I will be there to assure Knox County gets what it should from the state," the sheriff concluded.
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