BELFAST — Waldo County Sheriff Jason Trundy has reported that there have been a number of promotions in the department recently, as well as a single retirement.
Patrol Sergeant Cody Laite has been promoted to Patrol Lieutenant. Laite joined the WSO in 2012, working as a deputy sheriff until 2016, when he was promoted to patrol sergeant until his most recent promotion in 2023 to patrol lieutenant.
Some of Lt. Laite’s special training includes: Forensic Mapping, Crash Reconstruction, Police Training Officer and Defensive Tactics Instructor. He is also a volunteer wrestling coach with the mid-coast Camden wrestling program, according to Trundy’s media release.
Laite graduated from Beal College as valedictorian and earned an associate degree in criminal justice.
Chad Foley has been promoted to Patrol Sergeant. Foley served in the Maine Army National Guard 185th Engineer Support Company and is a graduate of the US Army’s Military Police School. He also served active duty in Iraq with the 94th MP Company, First Brigade, Third Infantry Division, later transferring to the 94th MP Company, Second Brigade, First Division.
Foley is an avid firearms enthusiast and a lifelong member of the NRA, according to Trundy’s release.
His law enforcement experience is extensive, beginning with the Penobscot County Sheriff’s Department corrections officer from 1996-1999. Foley then spent 12 years working for the Bangor Police Department, leaving in 2011 to work at the Judicial Marshall’s Office, where he remained until 2015. During this time, he also worked for the Caribou Police Department, serving from 2013- 2015.
In 2015, Foley began a two-year tenure with Aroostook County SO and moved to Maine Secretary of State, Motor Vehicle Detective from 2017-2019. He most recently worked for the Penobscot County SO from 2019-2021, although he also served with their office from 1991-1996.
Foley attended Bangor Community College.
Frank Pellerin, who has nearly 18 years of law enforcement experience, has been promoted to detective. Seventeen of those years were spent with the Portland Police Department. Pellerin also served seven years in the US Marine Corp.
Pellerin has specialized training as a patrol officer, as a patrol sergeant, evidence technician training and extensive crime scene and evidence processing experience.
Pellerin is reportedly 12 credits short of a bachelor’s degree in psychology, which he studied at St. Joseph’s College.
Joshua Staples, who has worked for the WSO since 2018, has been promoted to detective. In 2019, he graduated from the 36th Basic Law Enforcement Training Company.
Staples has specialized training as a standard field sobriety instructor, narcotics instructor, and narcotics scene coordinator. He also holds a bachelor’s degree in ecology and environmental services from the University of Maine.
Dennis Townsend, who has 17 years of law enforcement experience, has been hired as a deputy sheriff. Townsend previously served 14 years with the Bangor Police Department, from 2002-2016. He also worked two years with Greenville PD and one year with Clinton PD.
He has specialized training methods for arrest and control instructor.
Townsend earned an associate degree in law enforcement from Southern Maine Community College.
While most of the changes at the WSO are upward, one longtime member of the department took a completely different direction: retirement.
According to Sheriff Trundy, James Porter began his career with Waldo County in 1989 when he began working as a part-time dispatcher and part-time prosecutor. Porter transitioned to full-time dispatch in January 1990, serving until the spring of 1993. Porter was then hired as a full-time patrol deputy for the WSO, where he remained until he was promoted to patrol sergeant in 2004.
After six years as a shift supervisor, Porter returned to the role of patrol assistant, where he remained until his retirement in 2022.
During his law enforcement career, Porter earned many certifications and instructor titles including; radar instructor, field training officer, firearms instructor, defensive tactics instructor, intoxilyzer site coordinator and instructor, among others.
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