Jon Cornish Promoted to Colonel of the Maine Marine Patrol 

Jon Cornish, a 30-year veteran of the Maine Marine Patrol, was officially promoted to Colonel during a change of command ceremony Friday, January 9, 2015.

Colonel Cornish relieved Joseph Fessenden who retired after a 40-year career in the Maine Marine Patrol, the last 20 of which were as Colonel.

“Major Cornish brings the perfect combination of wisdom, and practical experience to his new post,” said Patrick Keliher, Commissioner of the Maine Department of Marine Resources during his remarks. “As he takes the helm today, I am confident that Major Cornish will provide the leadership necessary to take Maine Marine Patrol into the future.”

The ceremony, held at the Maine Criminal Justice Academy, was attended by approximately 80 members of partner agencies, family members, Maine Marine Patrol personnel, and Governor Paul R. LePage.

Since July, 2014, Cornish had served as Major of the Maine Marine Patrol, taking that position after the retirement of 25-year Marine Patrol veteran Alan Talbot.

Prior to accepting the position of Major, Cornish served 28 years in the Marine Patrol, the last nine as Lieutenant of Division I, which includes the Maine coast from Kittery to the St. George River.

Colonel Cornish began his career in the Marine Patrol in 1985 as an Officer. In 2001 he was promoted to the rank of Sergeant, supervising 6 Marine Patrol Officers and one Boat Specialist. In 2004, Cornish accepted the position of Lieutenant, taking responsibility for direction and supervision of 18 Officers and 3 Sergeants.

The Marine Patrol is a Bureau of the Maine Department of Marine Resource that provides law enforcement, search and rescue, public health, maritime security, and public safety services on Maine’s coastal and tidal waters. More information about the Maine Marine Patrol can be found at http://www.maine.gov/dmr/bmp/homepage.html.


James McGinn has been appointed as Colonel for the Massachusetts Environmental Police.

Colonel McGinn is a retired Massachusetts State Police sergeant  and has a  Master of Science degree in Criminal Justice and received his  Juris Doctorate in law from the Massachusetts School of Law.  Chris Baker is remaining is his command staff position as Lieutenant Colonel.



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