Tuesday, 20 February 2018 16:07

Head of Maine State Police is taking on a new job

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AUGUSTA - Maine's top cop is stepping down to take on a new job.

Maine State Police Colonel Robert Williams has been named the director of security at Colby College.


Williams lives in China and joined the Maine State Police in 1984 and was based in the Skowhegan area. He rose through the ranks until Governor LePage tapped him to lead the state police seven years ago.


Colby College released a statement, saying "At a time when the security issues facing colleges and universities are increasingly complex, having a seasoned leader with experience in every aspect of protecting our communities will position Colby with continued strength."


Williams is expected to start his new job March 12.


Lieutenant Colonel John Cote will serve as acting chief until the governor nominates a replacement.


The Maine Senate must confirm that appointee after a public hearing.