Head of Maine State Police to retire

Posted April 05, 2011, at 3:59 p.m.

AUGUSTA, Maine — The head of the Maine State Police is hanging up his holster after 27 years of service.

Col. Patrick Fleming of Fairfield is retiring May 1. He has been chief of the Maine State Police for the past four years.

Fleming joined the state police in 1984 and patrolled in the Skowhegan area. He was promoted to sergeant in 2002, and later was promoted to lieutenant before being elevated to colonel in 2007.