Crandall Appointed MDEA Commander Over Washington County

MDEA Commander Darrell Crandall is sworn into office by Maine Public Safety Commissioner John Morris. Looking on is MDEA Director Roy McKinney. The swearing in ceremony took place at the Public Safety offices in Augusta. (Submitted photo)

The recently retired sheriff of Aroostook County, Darrell Crandall of Houlton, has been named the northern commander for the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency (MDEA).  It is a job he previously held until 2013, when he left the drug agency to rejoin to Aroostook County Sheriff’s Office.  Crandall was elected sheriff in 2014 and retired last month.  He succeeds Peter Arno who recently retired from law enforcement after a career with Bangor Police and MDEA.

 Crandall previously served 24 years with MDEA, first as a drug agent, followed by supervisor and northern commander.

MDEA Director Roy McKinney said Crandall is one of Maine’s most experienced drug investigators and will now oversee MDEA agents in the northern half of the state.

 Crandall’s Chief Deputy at the Aroostook Sheriff’s Office, Shawn Gillen, another MDEA veteran, will serve as acting sheriff until a permanent replacement is appointed by Governor LePage.