STATE WIDE - A number of counties will see new Sheriffs next year as at least 7 now have indicated they're retiring.
"Change can be good, change can be bad," says Sheriff Glenn Ross of Penobscot County, but change is what is possibly headed to sheriffs' departments across the state.
7 Sheriffs across the state have indicated they will not or may not return in 2015. With another 7 up for re-election, there could be major changes down the road.
"It will be sad to see all of that discipline and all of that knowledge leave, but at the same time, things change and there are many good people coming up through the ranks," says Ross.
Sheriff Glenn Ross is just one of those who will be hanging his hat, "Jails take a lot of the time. So if somebody's just getting in it for the law enforcement part of it, they're missing out on what their major part of their role is."
Some fear if there is a major turnover; years of experience will vanish, but others say it could make for a clean slate to reform how the departments work. Glenn Ross has this advice, "You're only going to be successful as Sheriff if you have good people around you. That's how you get this job done."
Andrew joined the WVII ABC 7 and WFVX FOX 22 News team in June of 2012. Since a young child he always wanted to pursue a career in Broadcast Journalism, and is honored to start his journey in Eastern Maine. He enjoys nothing more than meeting the members of the community and sharing their stories with our viewers.
Raised in Houston, Texas, Andrew graduated from Suffolk University located in Boston, Massachusetts where he majored in Communications. Before moving up to the Pine Tree State, Andrew was a student reporter for The Morning Show on New England Cable News (NECN).
When not in the newsroom, Andrew enjoys volunteering at the Bangor Humane Society. You can see him there at least once a week interacting with many of the dogs. He also enjoys cooking, reading, watching his favorite movies, and going to the gym.
Make sure to say hi when you see him on the streets, and mention Finding Nemo (his favorite movie) if you want some brownie points!