Former Bangor deputy police chief named MDEA commander

Posted July 17, 2013, at 8:41 p.m.
Peter Arno
Bangor Police Department
Peter Arno
Peter Arno (left) is sworn in by Doug Beaulieu, Aroostook County administrator, as the new commander of the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency on Wednesday.
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Peter Arno (left) is sworn in by Doug Beaulieu, Aroostook County administrator, as the new commander of the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency on Wednesday.
Darrell Crandall
Darrell Crandall

HOULTON, Maine — Aroostook County commissioners on Wednesday evening announced the new chief deputy for the Aroostook County Sheriff’s Department, the jail administrator and the commander of the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency, and all those selected are veteran law enforcement officers.

During a brief meeting in Houlton, commissioners noted that Darrell Crandall, a lieutenant with the Sheriff’s Department and commander with the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency, would relinquish those slots to become chief deputy of the Sheriff’s Department.

Crandall has spent 28 years with the department. While on loan to the MDEA, he has risen steadily through the ranks to commander. He also has waged a campaign to educate parents about the dangers of prescription medications they may have in their medicine cabinets and also about the drug known as bath salts.

Sheriff Jim Madore praised Crandall’s work ethic and resume Wednesday evening.

“I am looking forward to the outstanding working relationship that we’ve had continuing for years to come,” he said.

Crandall’s position will start on Aug. 1.

Peter Arno, a 25-year member of the Bangor Police Department who took the deputy police chief position in 2002, will be the new commander of the MDEA.

Arno, who has extensive investigative experience, has served as field office supervisor in the Bangor MDEA office, with a federal drug task force in the early 1990s, and in the U.S. attorney’s office in Bangor on high-level drug distribution cases.

Madore noted that Arno had an “impressive resume,” which Doug Beaulieu, county administrator, noted included significant time spent fighting drug trafficking and drug abuse in Maine.

Beaulieu swore Arno in during the meeting in front of his wife and children. His position will become effective on Aug. 1.

Commissioners approved Craig Clossey, who has served as chief deputy for the Sheriff’s Department for the past 12 years, as administrator of the Aroostook County Jail. The position has been vacated due to a retirement and Clossey requested the move.

Madore said that Clossey is a 25-year veteran of the department and was “more than qualified for the position.”

“I will hate losing him,” he said. “But he will do a stellar job.”

He position becomes effective Aug. 1.

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