BELFAST — Law enforcement officials from different state agencies, local elected officials, along with family, friends and colleagues showed up Jan. 3 to see Jason Trundy be sworn in as Waldo County’s new high sheriff.

At Trundy’s request, Dedimus Justice Irene Blood swore him in as sheriff and swore in Matthew Curtis as chief deputy. Blood had also sworn in Trundy’s two predecessors. Trafton had his wife pin on his badge.

Waldo County Sheriff Jason Trundy, right, is pinned by his wife during his Jan. 3 swearing-in ceremony at the complex where the Waldo County Sheriff’s Office is located. Photo by Kendra Caruso

Curtis was pinned with former Waldo County Sheriff Robert Jones’ badge to honor the law enforcement officer who was influential in his early career, he said. Jones’s daughter Lisa Dudley did the badge pinning.

Curtis described Jones as a community-oriented man. Jones died Jan. 12, 2000, while fighting a structure fire in Unity, in which three triplet boys also perished. He had served only one year of his term as sheriff.

During a Jan. 3 ceremony at the Waldo County Sheriff’s Office, Lisa Dudley, left, pins newly appointed Chief Deputy Matthew Curtis with the badge of her late father, Robert Jones, who died in a 2000 Unity structure fire while on firefighting duty. Photo by Kendra Caruso

Well over 50 people packed the county’s emergency management room inside the same building where the Sheriff’s Office is situated. Trundy spoke about what inspired him to become a law enforcement officer, the people who inspired him and those who stood by his side along the way.

Trundy’s wife is the biggest supporter in his life and the person whom he credits most for helping him reach his career goals, he said. “By the end of February, we’re going to celebrate 35 years of marriage and if you want to talk about somebody’s kindness and strength guiding you along he way…” Trundy said.

A crowd fills the complex where the Waldo County Sheriff’s Office is located to see Jason Trundy sworn in as sheriff Jan. 3. Photo by Kendra Caruso

Robert Keating, former Belfast police chief and Waldo County chief deputy, was somebody Trundy connected with as a teenager when the former chief was with the Belfast Police Department, Trundy said.

Keating brought photos of Trundy, who was a teenager at the time, that he captured during a weightlifting competition because there was nobody there from Trundy’s family, the new sheriff said. “That meant a lot to me, that a guy, that was the chief of police, would take the time out of his day to come over and do something like that,” he said.

When Trundy later decided to pursue law enforcement, he reached out to Keating, who sponsored him to go to the Maine Criminal Justice Academy and gave him everything he needed to take the course, Trundy said.

“I ended up at the Sheriff’s Office but it was that door being opened,” he said, “that act of kindness that is mostly responsible for the course of my career.”

Keating told The Republican Journal after the ceremony that he knew Trundy’s family and that the East Belfast native was a hard worker from a young age.

Though Trundy credits Keating with being influential in his law enforcement career, Keating maintains that Trundy made his own career through working hard. “I’m proud of the man he became and I’m certainly proud of his law enforcement career,” he said.

Trundy also recognized Former Waldo County High Sheriff Scott Story as somebody who gave him his first leadership opportunities within the department, working as the correctional administrator, Trundy said during the ceremony.

He recognized outgoing Waldo County High Sheriff Jeffrey Trafton for appointing him as chief deputy for eight years, Trundy said. It gave him experience that he could run on during his campaign for sheriff last year. Trafton’s leadership and friendship helped him ascend to sheriff.

“Certainly, I don’t think without that offer, that I would have had the platform to be able to be qualified to be here today,” he said.

Trundy presented a gold retirement badge to Trafton during the ceremony to commemorate the outgoing sheriff’s work, leadership and friendship, he said.

Waldo County Sheriff Jason Trundy, left, presents outgoing Sheriff Jeff Trafton with a gold badge to honor his work at the Sheriff’s Office during Trundy’s Jan. 3 swearing-in ceremony. Photo by Kendra Caruso

Many of the successes at the Sheriff’s Office over the years can be attributed to Trundy and Curtis, Trafton told The Journal after the ceremony. He is happy to see the two take over the department. “The Sheriff’s Office couldn’t be in better hands than with Sheriff Trundy and Chief Deputy Curtis,” he said.

Waldo County Sheriff Jason Trundy, right, signs paperwork finalizing his swearing-in during a Jan. 3 ceremony at the complex where the Sheriff’s Office is located. Photo by Kendra Caruso

Waldo County Chief Deputy Matthew Curtis signs paperwork finalizing his appointment to the chief deputy position Jan. 3 during a ceremony held at the complex where the Sheriff’s Office is located. Photo by Kendra Caruso

Dedimus Justice Irene Blood, left, swears in Jason Trundy as Waldo County sheriff during a Jan. 3 ceremony at the complex where the Sheriff’s Office is located. Photo by Kendra Caruso

Dedimus Justice Irene Blood swears in Matthew Curtis Jan. 3 as Waldo County Chief Deputy during a ceremony at the complex where the Sheriff’s Office is located. Photo by Kendra Caruso

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