There are men and women in public safety who stand out from the rest because of their natural-born ability to be leaders. They possess honor, courage and integrity, and lead their people by positive examples.

This is why I am honored to endorse Michael Edes as the next Cumberland County sheriff.

My endorsement of Mr. Edes will not in any way cast negativity on the current sheriff, Kevin Joyce, but will support the person who I feel will do the best job.

Besides his law enforcement duties, Mike was able to have an active role in town affairs, where he has served as a member of the Cumberland Town Council and Chamber of Commerce. As you can see, Mike’s commitment to his community is something that he takes seriously.

Mike’s career in law enforcement spans 35 years, 28 of them with the Maine State Police. During his time with the state police, Mike rose through the ranks where he was promoted to the rank of sergeant and served the last 16 years as president of the Maine State Troopers Association.

(He was elected president of the association eight different times by his peers – the longest time any one person in the history of the association has served in this capacity.)

As a testament to his leadership abilities, Mike has worked with three different governors as well as eight different Legislatures. As past chairman of the National Troopers Coalition, Mike represented more than 45,000 troopers from across the United States.

I firmly believe that under his guidance, the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office will become a shining example of what a great law enforcement agency can be. Mike’s actions definitely show that he is more than capable of leading this organization into greatness.

Thomas A. Ryan

Windham