BATH, Maine — The State Board of Corrections elected Joel Merry, sheriff of Sagadahoc County, as its new chairperson when it met on May 20.
It was the first meeting of the board since the passage of Public Law 598, which made significant changes to the Board and the coordinated correctional system across the state.
“I am appreciative of the opportunity to assist in leading Maine’s coordinated correctional system,” Sheriff Merry said in a press release. “The Legislature has provided the Board of Corrections and coordinated system with an opportunity to function in a collaborative and productive manner, and I look forward to working with the stakeholders around the system as we move county corrections forward.”
He also added, “We have a significant amount of work ahead of us, but we are viewing the new law as an opportunity, and we appreciate the support of the legislature as we move forward.”
Sheriff Merry has served as the sheriff of Sagadahoc County since 2009. And, while having just been appointed to the board in April 2014, Sheriff Merry has been actively involved in the coordinated correctional system.
Prior to his service on the Board, Sheriff Merry was a member of the Board’s Corrections Working Group. He also served on the Blue-Ribbon Commission to Study the Board of Corrections last fall.