- Associated Press - Monday, March 3, 2014

LEWISTON, Maine (AP) - A major turnover in Maine sheriffs is expected this year, and some see that as an opportunity to reform the county jail system.

Of the state’s 16 county sheriffs, seven have announced plans to leave office by the end of the year and another seven face re-election.

Androscoggin County Sheriff Guy Desjardins, who’s not running for re-election because he’s running for the state Senate, says turnover is not necessarily a bad thing. He tells the Sun Journal (https://bit.ly/1gMEYvi ) a new sheriff can bring fresh ideas and perspective.

But Hancock County Sheriff William Clark, who’s retiring after 34 years, worries too much institutional memory may be lost in a single year.

Republican State Rep. Jethro Pease of Morrill sees the turnover as an opportunity to reform the troubled jail system.

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Information from: Sun-Journal, https://www.sunjournal.com


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