The Waldo County Sheriff's Office held a reception Friday, Feb. 22, to welcome Gerry Lincoln as the department's new detective and to send off Lincoln's predecessor, Detective Jason Bosco, who will be bringing his skills to the Maine State Police Computer Crimes Unit.

The reception took place at noon Friday, and included current and former members of local law enforcement, such as Sheriff Scott Story and Chief Deputy Jeff Trafton, Lt. Jason Trundy, Belfast Police Chief Mike McFadden, former Waldo County Sheriff John Ford and former Chief Deputy Bob Keating.

Lincoln, who since September 2011 had served as the school resource officer at Mount View High School in Regional School Unit 3, has worked for the Waldo County Sheriff's Office for about five years.

Friday, Lincoln said he's excited to take on the challenges that will come with working in the county's detective division.

"I'm looking forward to getting involved in all of the cases, getting out into the community and helping the people of Waldo County," said Lincoln.

Lincoln said he sees a lot of opportunity to learn in his new position, too, given that he'll be working with a seasoned investigator like Detective Merl Reed. That said, Lincoln also has a lot of respect for the man who held the detective's post before him.

"I've got some big shoes to fill; Jason [Bosco] does a great job," said Lincoln.

Lincoln officially started in his new position Feb. 12.

Trafton said an occasional change-up in the county roster is good for everyone in the department.

"It's always good to have career progression," said Trafton. "It gives the officers a chance to become more experienced and well-rounded in their careers, and provides more opportunities for promotions down the road."

Trafton said because Lincoln has moved into the detective's role, the sheriff's office will be working with RSU 3 administrators to select a new school resource officer for MVHS.

"Hopefully it'll be sometime in the next few weeks," said Trafton, adding that the job opening would likely be posted later in the day Friday.

Bosco will start working for the Maine State Police Computer Crimes Unit Monday, Feb. 25. He will occupy the position that McFadden formerly held for the same agency.

Bosco started his career with the county in 1998, when he was hired as a part-time corrections officer while completing his studies at Unity College. In Jan. 2000, Bosco said, he came on board as a full-time deputy. He joined the detective division in January 2007.

Bosco, who has investigated many sex abuse cases for the sheriff's office over the last six years, said his new line of work would likely be similar to the kind of things he regularly did during his time with the detective division. The difference, he said, is that his new position will allow him the chance to travel the state and meet new people.

And since he'll be investigating computer crimes at the state level, Bosco said he expects to stay quite busy.

"There's more than enough to do there," he said.

While Bosco said he would work out of the unit's main office in Vassalboro, he will still maintain an office at the sheriff's office, a situation he said will give him the best of both worlds, in that his career will bring new challenges while allowing him to remain in touch with old friends.

"I'm still part of everything and everyone here," said Bosco. "They're like my second family; I started here when I was a kid, pretty much."

Then Bosco added with a smile, "They're not getting rid of me that easily."