ORONO, Maine — Roland LaCroix of Bangor, a law enforcement veteran who worked in Florida for more than 30 years before relocating to Maine in 2008, has been named the University of Maine’s new police chief, the university announced Friday.
LaCroix moved to Maine to take a captain’s job in the UMaine Police Department. He became interim chief in April when Noel March was named U.S. marshal for Maine.
UMaine Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students Robert Dana said he appointed LaCroix to the chief’s job because of his leadership skills and appreciation for the law enforcement needs of a university community.
“Chief LaCroix brings a wealth of experience, the result of 33 years in law enforcement,” Dana said in a statement. “He also possesses the perspective and temperament that will allow him to continue to be an effective leader in our community, advancing the community policing principles that are essential to promoting a safe, healthy and productive campus environment.”
LaCroix served in the Orange County Sheriff’s Office in Florida for 26 years, rising to the rank of commander, before taking the UMaine position. He began his law enforcement career with a five-year stint as a Florida state trooper, according to a UMaine press release. He is a U.S. Army military police veteran who graduated from the University of Louisville Southern Police Institute Administrative Officer Course in 1998.
LaCroix was born in Wisconsin and moved to Florida at age 3. He graduated from Florida’s Rollins College in 1980, earning a business administration degree. LaCroix and his wife have two grown children, a son and a daughter.