Maine Warden Service Names New Sergeant

The Maine Warden Service has announced that Corporal Mike Joy has been selected to replace a sergeant vacancy created by the recent promotion of Lt. Dan Menard in Aroostook County. Here’s their announcement.

Corporal Joy began his career with the Maine Warden Service in 1993 and has patrolled districts ranging from Daaquam to Kittery, arguably the least and most populated areas of Maine. In 2009, Corporal Joy was promoted from game warden to Corporal to lead the Maine Warden Service Dive Team. Corporal Joy’s service to the MWS Dive Team has been nothing short of exemplary. During his tenure, Corporal Joy secured grants for a Remotely Operated Underwater Vehicle, Underwater Dive Computers, Ambient Breathing Valves for AGA Masks, and a new dive boat. Corporal Joy’s strong leadership has resulted in a team that operates with a high level of expertise and professionalism. The team is often used as a model for other states across the United States.

In addition to the Dive Team, Corporal Joy has served as a Field Training Officer, Color Guard member, and is currently the Division A (southern Maine) Airboat Team Leader. The experience Corporal Joy has gained over his 25-plus-years of service will serve his section well as he starts the next chapter of his career. Corporal Joy currently resides in the Kittery district with his wife and two sons. Corporal Joy will begin as the Section 15 Sergeant on December 30th, 2018. Please join us in congratulating Corporal Joy…well done!


George Smith

About George Smith

George stepped down at the end of 2010 after 18 years as the executive director of the Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine to write full time. He writes a weekly editorial page column in the Kennebec Journal and Waterville Morning Sentinel, a weekly travel column in those same newspapers (with his wife Linda), monthly columns in The Maine Sportsman magazine, two outdoor news blogs (one on his website,, and one on the website of the Bangor Daily News), and special columns for many publications and newsletters. Islandport Press published a book of George's favorite columns, "A Life Lived Outdoors" in 2014. In 2014, George also won a Maine Press Association award for writing the state's bet sports blog. In 2016, Down East Books published George's book, Maine Sporting Camps, and Islandport Press published George and his wife Linda's travel book, Take It From ME, about their favorite Maine inns and restaurants.