AUGUSTA — The Maine Senate this morning gave unanimous approval to John Morris of West Gardiner to be the commissioner of the state Department of Public Safety.

The Senate voted 34-0, with one absent. Earlier this week, he earned a unanimous vote from the Legislature’s bipartisan Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee.

Morris, a former police chief in Waterville and Richmond, spent 30 years in the U.S. Navy. He most recently served as chief of staff for the campaign of Gov. Paul LePage.

The Senate delayed action today on Darryl Brown of Livermore Falls, who has been nominated to lead the state Department of Environmental Protection. The Environment and Natural Resources Committee voted 9-4 Tuesday in favor of his nomination.