Kennebec County sheriff’s deputy wins national award

Posted July 17, 2014, at 2:43 p.m.

AUGUSTA, Maine — A veteran Kennebec County sheriff’s deputy was recently bestowed with a national award at the National Sheriff’s Association conference in Texas.

Sgt. John Bourque, who has been with the sheriff’s office since 1997, was awarded Deputy Sheriff of the Year at the June 22 conference, according to Sheriff Randall Liberty.

The award was presented by Michael Leidholt, president of the National Sheriff’s Association, and former Washington Redskins quarterback Joe Theismann.

During his tenure in Kennebec County, Bourque has had various positions including patrol deputy, detective and narcotics investigator, Liberty said.

“Det. Bourque has been extremely successful in investigating local drug dealers and users, where he’s composed complex cases, managed confidential informants, maintained contact with other agencies, and used the resources available to him to put offenders behind bars and, ultimately, interrupting the drug trade,” Liberty said in a statement.

Bourque was selected from a field of 3,083 candidates, according to Liberty.

“It was a tremendous honor for Sgt. Bourque to receive this honor,” Liberty said. “There are more than 100,000 deputy sheriffs nationally, to be recognized as the Deputy Sheriff of the Year for the nation is remarkable.”