Cornish was promoted to colonel during a change of command ceremony on Jan. 9. He relieved Joseph Fessenden, who retired after a 40-year career in the Marine Patrol, the last 20 of which he served as colonel and chief of the patrol.
“Major Cornish brings the perfect combination of wisdom, and practical experience to his new post,” DMR Commissioner Patrick Keliher said during his remarks and the change of command ceremony. “I am confident that Major Cornish will provide the leadership necessary to take Maine Marine Patrol into the future.”
The ceremony was held at the Maine Criminal Justice Academy, and attended by approximately 80 members of partner agencies, family members, Marine Patrol personnel and Governor Paul R. LePage.
Since July, 2014, Cornish served as major of the Maine Marine Patrol, taking that position after the retirement of 25-year veteran Alan Talbot.
Prior to accepting the position of major, Cornish served 28 years in the Marine Patrol, the last nine as lieutenant of Division I, which covers the Maine coast from Kittery to the St. George River.
Col. Cornish began his career in the Marine Patrol in 1985 as an officer. In 2001, he was promoted to the rank of sergeant, supervising six Marine Patrol officers and one boat specialist. In 2004, Cornish accepted the position of lieutenant, taking responsibility for direction and supervision of 18 officers and three sergeants.