The director of public safety at the University of Maine got a call from Washington this week.He’s been nominated by President Obama to become the state’s next U.S. Marshal.Noel March has been the public safety director at UMaine since 2002 and is a graduate of the FBI National Academy.He was recommended for the job by Representative Mike Michaud, and thanks Maine’s entire congressional delegation for their support.The U.S. Marshals Service is the oldest federal law enforcement agency in the country. They protect federal courts and judges, deal with federal prisoners and fugitives, and also work on a variety of special projects.”The witness security program, often referred to as the witness protection program is also the responsibility of the U.S. Marshal. And managing forfeited and seized property from criminal enterprises is another responsibility. So it is a very diverse and very rich role that one can play if given the opportunity, and I’m just as pleased as can be,” March says.He says getting the call was a great honor and a nice Christmas present for his family…and a good birthday present, too. He just turned 50 this week.The nomination still has to be approved by the U.S. Senate. Confirmation could come at some point in the new year.