I am writing in support of the candidacy of William “Bill” King Jr. for York County sheriff.

Bill’s professional career has prepared him for taking a leadership role in county law enforcement.

He began his career as a Portland police officer, moved on to become assistant director of the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency and was recruited into federal law enforcement, where he worked in various positions, including serving as special agent in charge for the Office of the Inspector General in the U.S. Department of Justice.

His training includes attending the FBI National Academy and the Maine Criminal Justice Academy.

He has a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from the University of Southern Maine and a master’s in management from Troy State University and has been an instructor at York County Community College, Husson University and the Maine Criminal Justice Academy.

Bill returned to Maine after his successful career in federal law enforcement and is now York County chief deputy sheriff.

His years of federal and state experience make him an ideal candidate for sheriff. He has seen what works and what doesn’t. He has held leadership roles and knows what it takes to get things done.

He has testified before Congress, has been interviewed on a national news program and has spoken before countless groups at all levels of government.

He is poised, thoughtful and articulate and not afraid to say what needs to be said but recognizes the need to be open to varying opinions in a thoughtful and welcoming manner.

Let me close by noting what Sheriff Maurice Ouellette says about Bill: “Bill King has the training and institutional knowledge to effectively lead the sheriff’s office into the future.”

Please join me in voting for William “Bill” King Jr. for York County sheriff on June 10.

Ron Michaud