Acting Colonel Dan Scott was sworn in as colonel of the Maine Warden Service by Governor Janet Mills in a brief ceremony Tuesday afternoon in the State House.

"As the Maine Warden Service enters its 140th year, I am excited at the opportunities that lie ahead for the agency and the warden service," said Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Commissioner Judy Camuso. Dan's experience, enthusiasm, and leadership will be invaluable not only to the warden service, but to the state as well.

Scott, a game warden of over 22 years, was most recently the lieutenant of Division C in Bangor. As lieutenant, he supervised over 20 game wardens in an area that covered Washington, Hancock and Penobscot counties. Prior to that, Scott was a Game Warden Captain for four years, after being promoted from his role as investigator. He also served as a district game warden in the Bangor area for nine years.

"I am honored and humbled for the opportunity to lead the Maine Warden Service, and am thankful for the confidence Governor Mills and Commissioner Camuso have placed in me," said Scott, There are upcoming challenges facing all law enforcement agencies, including the Maine Warden Service, and I look forward to leading the Maine Warden Service to meet these challenges.

The Bureau of the Warden Service is a division within the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife and is comprised of over 120 game wardens. The Game Warden Colonel oversees and administers all the duties of the bureau which includes enforcement of the laws and rules pertaining to inland fishery and wildlife resource management and protection; operation of snowmobiles, watercraft, and all-terrain vehicles; and general laws. The Maine Warden Service also investigates hunting incidents and recreational vehicle crashes, and oversees search and rescue operations in the woods and inland waters of the state.