Police & Fire

Fort Kent hires Michael DeLena as new police chief

FORT KENT, Maine — A former Fort Kent police officer will return to serve the town as chief of police. 

Fort Kent town council members voted unanimously at their Aug. 23 meeting to hire Michael DeLena, 44, to replace Chief Tom Pelletier, who retired from law enforcement earlier in the month. 

“I will do my best in continuing to make sure the citizens of Fort Kent feel safe in the community they live, guiding the officers under my tenure,” DeLena said.

DeLena has 12 years of law enforcement experience, and earned an associate’s degree in criminal justice and a bachelor’s degree in public safety administration from University of Maine at Fort Kent. 

He worked as a reserve officer for the department beginning in 2009, and was hired as a full-time officer in 2014. 

DeLena left FKPD in 2019 to take a job with Aroostook County Sheriff’s Department, where he was promoted to patrol sergeant. 

“I am pleased to welcome Mike back to the Fort Kent Police Department as our chief and I believe he will be a great role model,” Town Manager Suzie Paradis said. “He will be an asset to the department as he is familiar with the area, the businesses and the people.” 

Chief Pelletier was hired shortly after DeLena in 2014. 

“I thought of Chief as a mentor and he allowed me the growth I needed under his tenure to develop as a police officer,” DeLena said.

“Mike will do a great job there,” Pelletier said. “He’s very community-oriented. He’s very lucky to be going into this position for a great community like Fort Kent because they were very good to me and I’m sure they will continue to be the great community they have the reputation for.” 

DeLena will officially assume the position of chief of police on Oct. 18. 

Officer Cole Pelletier has been filling in as acting chief during the interim period.

The new Fort Kent police chief and his wife Christina DeLena, a medical assistant in optometry at Fish River Rural Health, are parents to two adult children — daughter, Abriana, 22, and son, Ethan, 20.

The family also includes a German shepherd named Tarzan and a calico cat named Scarlet.

When he is not protecting and serving the people of Aroostook County, Michael DeLena enjoys golfing, cooking, outdoor activities and spending time with family and friends.

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