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U.S. Marshals Service

District of Maine

United States Marshal - Theodor Short

U.S. Marshal Theodor Short

U.S. Marshal Theodor Short

In May of 2018, President Donald Trump appointed Theodor G. Short as the 40th U.S. Marshal to serve the District of Maine.

Marshal Short is responsible for managerial oversight, insight and leadership to the district in both Portland and Bangor. The USM also establishes and maintains effective working relationships with the federal judiciary and federal, state, county, and local law enforcement agencies to work towards the reduction in crime, apprehending violent offenders and maintaining a safe environment within the courthouses.

In 1974 Short began his policing career as a member of the United States Army Military Police Corps. After receiving an Honorable Discharge he joined his hometown police department in Fairfield, Maine in 1977. In 1982, Short became a Maine State Trooper and was assigned to Troop A patrolling the Eliot, Kittery, York area for several years. He was promoted through the ranks and retired from the Maine State Police in 2004 at the rank of lieutenant serving as the Commanding Officer of Troop A in southern Maine. He was hired to serve as the Chief of Police in Eliot. In 2012, Short began serving as the Chief of Police for the Towns of Kittery and Eliot together and retired from that position in 2016.

Marshal Short has received several awards for his service in the law enforcement community including the New Hampshire Congressional Law Enforcement Award for Action Above and Beyond the Call of Duty. He has been an instructor at the Maine Criminal Justice Academy, a Field Training Officer, Accident Reconstructionist, Canine Handler, Crisis Negotiator, Adjunct Professor and a presenter in Community Policing, Police Leadership and Ethics. He is also a member of the American Legion Post 56, Maine Chiefs of Police Association and the New England Association of Chiefs of Police.

Marshal Short holds an Associate’s Degree (High Honors) in Law Enforcement Technology from Southern Maine Community, a Bachelor’s Degree from Husson College (Magna Cum Laude) in Criminal Justice and a Masters in Justice Administration from Norwich University. He is also a graduate of the Northwestern University Center for Public Safety Staff and Command School. is an official site of the U.S. Federal Government, U.S. Department of Justice