Oxford County Sheriff-elect appoints retired Maine State Trooper as Chief Deputy

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PARIS — Sheriff-elect Chris Wainwright told the Oxford County Commissioners on Thursday morning he will appoint Maj. James Urquhart as chief deputy of the Oxford County Sheriff’s Office, effective Jan. 1.

Wainwright, who defeated incumbent James Theriault in the Nov. 6 election, is still serving as chief deputy until Jan. 1, but shared with the commissioners at their Dec. 6 meeting his plan to appoint Urquhart to take his place.

Urquhart has been with the Oxford County Sheriff’s Office since April, after commissioners voted to hire him as a senior adviser to Theriault.

Following Urquhart’s hire, county officials said the move was a “request from Theriault,” and Urquhart would “work with the sheriff to update policies and look over how the sheriff’s department went about its business.”

Urquhart’s contract was set to expire Dec. 31.

“Jim is a man of unquestioned integrity, with over 30 years of law enforcement experience,” Wainwright said. “I look forward to working with him.”

Urquhart served as a trooper with the Maine State Police from 1986 to 1996, and was later promoted to detective of major crimes. In 2000, he was promoted to sergeant in Troop C. He was later transferred to the Criminal Investigation Division.

He also served as a member of the Maine State Police dive team, was assistant commander of the tactical team and was a K9 handler for his partner, with whom he received a meritorious award.

Urquhart retired after 31 years with the Maine State Police.

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Oxford County Commissioners David Duguay, left, Steve Merrill and Timothy Turner speak Thursday with Oxford County Sheriff-elect Chris Wainwright (not pictured) about the appointment of Maj. James Urquhart as chief deputy of the Oxford County Sheriff’s Office. (Matthew Daigle/Sun Journal)

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