AUGUSTA — A 27-year Maine State Police veteran who’s been nominated to head the force faces a confirmation hearing before a legislative committee today.

The Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee takes up the nomination of Robert Williams of Vassalboro, a lieutenant colonel with the state police who would become chief if confirmed by the Senate.

Williams currently serves as the deputy chief of the department. He would succeed Patrick Fleming, who is now executive director of the state’s Gambling Control Board.

Williams is a graduate of the University of Maine at Augusta and holds a master’s degree in administration from Husson University.