Retired Aroostook County sheriff named northern commander for MDEA

The recently retired sheriff of Aroostook County, Darrell Crandall of Houlton, has been named the northern commander for the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency.

Crandall previously held the position until 2013, when he left the drug agency to rejoin to Aroostook County Sheriff’s Office. He 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, then as a supervisor and now as 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.