John Cote of China, has officially been sworn in as the new Chief of Maine State Police. He has served the past 2 years as Deputy Chief and before that the 29 year vet served as commanding officer for Troop F in Houlton. He spent the majority of his career in Aroostook County.  He also served several years as a Detective-Sergeant investigating homicides according to Steve McCausland, Maine Department of Public Safety Spokesman.

He was sworn into office by Governor LePage in the Governor’s cabinet room in front of a roomful of family and co-workers.  His badge was pinned on by his 82 year old father Morris Cote of Houlton as seen below