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Adams Reacts to Being Named USA Today Maine Woman of the Year

Colleen Adams speaking to campers at Camp Mini Marland in 2022. Credit: Sanford Springvale YMCA.

By Lee Burnett, submissions editor

Sanford Police Sergeant Colleen Adams’ phone began blowing up with text messages Thursday morning. “I actually had to shut it off at one point – family, friends and co-workers. My whole phone was going off the hook,” she said with a laugh.

The crush of attention followed news that the USA TODAY newspaper had named Adams one of its Women of the Year for her work with people grappling with homelessness and other crises. The newspaper also named actress Eva Longoria, Olympic gymnast Aly Reisman and representatives from all 50 states.

The tribute on the USA TODAY website includes this description of Adams: “A police officer, she channels her own hardships growing up to help the homeless and others in crisis in her community.” Asked to describe her feelings, Adams said, “Surreal.”

“Growing up, I never thought I’d be woman of the year. I don’t wear dresses or make-up. Not that that’s what makes a woman. Oh, I’m really being honored for what I do? That’s cool.”

Adams is the lead officer in a four-person team that works to build trust with people living in tents and cars and to persuade them to move into stable living situations and get professional help for addictions and mental health issues. The team usually works without sidearms or body armor. She credits colleagues David Randt, Shannon Bentley and Lacy Bailey for team effectiveness. Her work also includes serving as a referral resource for other police departments and educating legislators. Adams said she learned about the honor a month or so ago and managed to keep it under wraps, except for informing a few co-workers. “I said, let’s wait to see if it actually happens.’”

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