Kennebec County Deputy Named National Deputy Of The Year 

A top drug investigator with the Kennebec County Sheriffs Department has been recognized nationally for his work here in Maine.

Sergeant John Bourque, 38, has been on the job for the past 17-years.

Last month he was presented the Charles Meeks Merit Award as the National Sheriff Deputy of the Year at a ceremony in Texas. He was selected out of a pool from 3,000 sheriffs offices and 100,000 deputies nationwide.

“Sheriff called me last December and told me I’d been selected. I honestly thought it was a joke,” Bourque said.

To those who work with him, the award comes as no surprise. Sheriff Randy Liberty says Bourque has played a key role in some of the biggest drug investigations in the state. Liberty says Bourque’s work has led to lengthy prison sentences for dangerous drug offenders and nearly $3 million in seized assets. Despite receiving one of the highest honors that can be bestowed on a sheriffs deputy, Bourque says he wants to stay right where he is.

“I enjoy investigative work and anticipate staying with that as long as I’m able to.”