PORTLAND – Noel C. March was sworn in Friday at U.S. District Court, becoming the 39th U.S. Marshal for the District of Maine. After his confirmation March expressed his commitment to serving the citizens of Maine.

“My goals are to promote the best practices of modern law enforcement, and to seek opportunities to further serve the public safety needs of not just our courts but of all the citizens of Maine,” March said after his confirmation.

March was born in Connecticut in 1959 and attended the Organizational Leadership Program at the University of New England where he graduated cum laude. Before his appointment, March served as chief of police for the University of Maine.

Maine’s 2nd District Rep. Michael Michaud submitted March’s name for consideration, and President Obama nominated March to the position in December. The Senate unanimously confirmed him this spring.

Attending the ceremony were March’s family as well as Michaud and Maine Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap. The latter two lauded March’s professionalism, experience and integrity. Chief U.S. District Court Judge John A. Woodcock Jr. presided.

President George Washington established the Marshal Service in 1789, and it became the nation’s first law enforcement agency. The Marshal Service is responsible for judicial security, fugitive investigations, the witness security program and prisoner operations at federal prisons. 

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