Noel March, the former University of Maine public safety director and a chief deputy for Cumberland and York counties, was sworn in today as the U.S. Marshal for Maine.

March was nominated for the post by Rep. Mike Michaud and was appointed by President Obama. Today he was sworn in at a ceremony in Arlington, Va., by John Clark, director of the U.S. Marshal Service.

As Maine’s U.S. marshal, March is in charge of federal court security, witness protection and tracking fugitives in the state.

“This is a very important federal law enforcement position in Maine that requires experience and integrity,” Michaud said in a statement. “Noel March has both.”

March will begin his duties Friday after flying back from Washington.