PORTLAND — The former long time sheriff of Lincoln County died this morning at Maine Medical Center in Portland.

William C. Carter, 72, passed away after an extended illness, according to a press release issued by the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office.

Carter took office in January 1965 and held the position of Sheriff until his retirement in 2002.
His term of 37 years is the longest ever held by a Lincoln County Sheriff.

Born and raised in the Lincoln County community of Jefferson, Carter was just 26-years-old when he took office in 1965.

Back then, Lincoln County was patrolled by part-time deputies. All police related calls were sent by Carter’s office to his home.

It wasn’t until 1971 that full time deputies were hired by the county.

Prior to becoming sheriff, Carter worked for the Damariscotta Police Department from 1962 to 1965 where he was eventually appointed chief of police.