Former University of Maine Public Safety Director Noel March was confirmed Thursday as U.S. marshal for Maine.

President Obama nominated March to succeed David Viles, who was appointed by then-President George W. Bush. Sen. Susan Collins, a Maine Republican, called March an outstanding choice for the post.

March, who also has been chief sheriff’s deputy in York and Cumberland counties, has said that as U.S. marshal he plans to emphasize interagency cooperation in his agency’s efforts to track down fugitives and protect judges, witnesses and the federal courts in Maine.

He said such cooperation is essential in a large rural state with relatively few officers.

March is a former director of the Community Policing Institute at the University of Maine at Augusta. He also has worked in the private sector, as a vice president in the business development division of MBNA America from 1993 to 1998.

The U.S. Marshal’s Service is the enforcement arm of the federal courts. Its duties include apprehending fugitives, transporting criminals and seizing property acquired by criminals through illegal activity.

 

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