A new professor at the University of Maine at Fort Kent has earned recognition on the federal level.

PAUL VAN DE GRAAF

Marilyn Epp (above, right), who was recently hired as a full-time professor of Public Safety and Criminal Justice at UMFK, was awarded the Investigative Achievement Award by the Department of Justice. Epp earned the award for her outstanding work on one of her Drug Enforcement Administration cases prior to being hired by UMFK.

At the award ceremony in Vermont, U.S. Attorney Christine Nolan thanked Epp for her service and dedication to the mission of the U.S. Attorney’s Office. Assistant US Attorneys Kevin Doyle and Jon Ophardt commended Epp on her quick investigative research and effective testimony that helped detain the heads of the organization while they awaited trial and eventual conviction.

UMFK Interim President Dr. Tex Boggs added more praise for the university's new professor. "Ms. Epp had an outstanding career with the DEA and we are fortunate to have her as a faculty member. Her insight and experience will significantly enhance the learning experiences our students.”

Epp joined the Air Force in 2001 where she trained as as an Arabic linguist and worked in military intelligence. Upon leaving the service, Epp worked as an accounting manager. After leaving accounting, she joined the DEA, where she worked in both strategic and tactical field intelligence.

Epp was honored by the award. “It is the result of hours of investigation, by which we were able to successfully prosecute several members of an organization involved in interstate heroin and cocaine trafficking.  Dismantling this organization had substantial positive impact on local communities.”