Sheriff Glenn Ross began his law enforcement career with the Penobscot County Sheriff’s Office in June 1977. He was hired by then Sheriff Otis LaBree as a patrol deputy assigned to the Northern region of Penobscot County. He attended the 31st session of the basic law enforcement training program at the Maine Criminal Justice Academy in 1978; earning the Class Valedictorian Award. He attained the ranks of patrol sergeant, detective and eventually to the rank of Chief Deputy. As a detective, he investigated thousands of crimes against the person and property. He assumed the duties of a crime scene technician, having received specialized forensic training at the Royal Canadian Mounted Police at the Canadian Police College in Ottawa Canada and at the FBI Academy in Virginia. Having received specific training in fingerprint comparisons; he has testified as an expert witness in District, Superior and Federal Courts. To date he has receive thousands of hours of in-service training.
Sheriff Edward Reynolds later promoted Glenn to the rank of Chief Deputy; the second in command of the agency. This is a position that he held until the untimely passing of Sheriff Reynolds in August 2002 at which time then Governor Angus King appointed him to fill the remainder of that term. In November 2002 Glenn was elected Sheriff of Penobscot County by the citizens for whom he would serve. To date, he has held three elected terms, bringing his tenure with the department to over 34 years of service.
Sheriff Ross has been an active member of law enforcement; serving on numerous volunteer boards and committees to include:
- Past President of the Maine Sheriff’s Association
- Board member representing State of Maine on the New England State Police Information Network (NESPIN/RISS)
- Current member and past President of TRIAD- (seniors and law enforcement coalition)
- Fight Crime Invest in Kids
- Galen Cole Family Foundation
- Penobscot County National Alliance of Mentally Ill Coalition
- Board of Directors, Penobscot County Regional Communications Center
- Co-chair, Corrections Working Group/ subset of Maine Board of Corrections
- Graduate 181st FBI National Academy
- Recipient of 2012 Maine Sheriff’s Association “Presidential Valor Award”.
The sheriff has been a tireless advocate in helping prevent fraud against our elderly; encouraging early education through Head Start; investigating crimes against our citizens; and finding resources for the mentally ill. Through the efforts of his staff, inmates provide thousands of hours of community service through sheriff’s work crews and alternative sentencing projects. His agency has secured over one million dollars in State and Federal Grants during the past elected terms. The most recent are a $250K grant for school disaster preparedness and public safety response; and a $250K grant prisoner reentry grant to help inmates returning to society. This grant focuses on vocational and housing; the two areas that often result in repeat offenders if these needs are not met. The sheriff has tried to change negative predictable outcomes by working to have our children receive early education; in order to increase their chances of success and reduce potential future costs to the welfare and criminal justice system. He coordinated with public safety agencies to collect and share vital emergency preparedness information to keep our schools safe. On the Board of NESPIN, he worked with law enforcement from around the nation to promote information sharing and officer safety, through Regional Information Sharing Systems (RISS). He continues with Triad to educate seniors to be protecting themselves from fraud. The Sheriff is proud of his agency and welcomes public comment.