Keith Hotaling is the lieutenant of the Support Services Division at the Penobscot County Sheriff’s Office. He was born and raised in the Capital Region of New York, having attended the Saratoga Springs High School and later college in Schenectady , New York . At college he majored in math, science and business. In 1980 he moved to Maine and was hired in 1982 as a part-time corrections officer. In 1983 this became a full time position. In 1984, Sheriff Edward Reynolds, recognizing Keith’s computer knowledge and budgeting skills, promoted him to Sgt. of Support services. In May of 1989 he was promoted to Lieutenant of that same division. Lt. Hotaling is responsible for a major role in expanding the computer infrastructure of the Penobscot County Jail and Sheriff’s Office. He is responsible for maintenance, upgrading and networking of the entire agency's computer system and has been the agency's representative on the Penobscot County Law Enforcement System. This is a multi-agency computer system operating on Spillman software, maintaining nearly a half a million name records and involvements. In addition to the computer responsibility, Lt. Hotaling manages the budget, calculates law enforcement contracts, and develops spreadsheets and Excel applications to streamline the many functions of the agency.
He is a graduate of the Maine Criminal Justice Academy Basic Law Enforcement School. Currently, he is a, member of the Sheriff’s Office Warrant Team. This team is comprised of officers with additional training in warrant preparation, building entry and evidence collection.