Seeking re-election, Sheriff Kane cites unfinished business

ELLSWORTH — Hancock County Sheriff Scott Kane says he still has things to do.

So, the 65-year-old Republican is running uncontested for a second four-year term as sheriff. Kane’s current term expires Dec. 31.

“I still enjoy what I do,” Kane said.

In Kane’s first term, the department received its first police dog, Finn, which is handled by Deputy Travis Frost.

Kane also managed to get two DARE (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) officers into Hancock County schools. He’s working on adding school resource officers as well.

“We still have the drug issues,” Kane said. “It drives our jail population.”

The state has added funding for an additional Maine Drug Enforcement Agency officer for Hancock County under Kane’s watch, he said.

But, there are other local woes besides the drug problem.

“Domestic violence is still a serious problem,” Kane said. “We have a great working relationship with Next Step.”

Kane praised other relationships his office has developed, including those with Healthy Acadia and the Open Door Recovery Center.

“We’ve really created some great partnerships to help us supplement what we can’t supply,” Kane said. “The associations are seamless. Those are just a phone call away.”

Hiring staff — from patrol deputies to dispatchers to corrections officers — is an ongoing struggle, the sheriff said.

“People don’t want to take this on as a career now,” Kane said. “I think salary is an issue.”

Another issue is the way law enforcement has been portrayed as the “enemy” in the national media during the past 10 years, he said.

Plus, law enforcement is not an easy job.

“We have to deal with things nobody should have to deal with,” Kane said.