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The PR Maven Podcast

The PR Maven® Podcast is the combination of traditional networking techniques combined with the power of social media to build your personal and professional brand. The podcast features interviews with industry leaders, top executives, media personalities and online influencers about public relations and their personal brand. Each week, Nancy connects with a special guest to talk about their career, and business or organization, as well as the latest news and events that will give listeners a unique perspective on the world of public relations, marketing and personal branding, including actionable takeaways.

Sep 26, 2023

At last! A new episode with Tim Cotton is here! To wrap up our fifth anniversary celebration, we are proud to launch this new episode with the PR Maven® Podcast guest with the most popular episodes of all time. In this episode, Nancy catches up with Tim Cotton. Since his last episode, Tim has retired from the Bangor Police Department, but still manages their Facebook page, as well as his own. He has also published three books and is working on a fourth. Listen to Nancy and Tim’s conversation.  

3:05 Tim explains how his career came about by mistake 

10:08 Tim talks about the discipline to write 

15:17 Tim gives an update on the Duck of Justice (DOJ) and how people have come from all over the world to see this dead duck. 

22:42 Tim shares how he has grown his personal brand.  

30:48 Tim describes the themes and messages he keeps throughout his writing.  

35:10 Tim lists some resources that have been helpful to him.  



“When you do put information on there that needs to be disseminated to the public, if you have things bookending it, interesting things that people come to read, they’re going to find that. They’re not going to know about the cones on Court Street if they don’t read it all the time. That was my theory. If they come to read humorous things that really have nothing to do with direct law enforcement, it will bring them here when we need to spread information.” – Tim Cotton 




Washington Post “This may be the only police department in America with a funny Facebook page  

Duck of Justice Website: 

“The Gift of Fear” by Gavin de Becker:  

Blueberries for Sal” by Robert McCloskey:  

Goodnight Moon” by Margaret Wise Brown:  


Tim’s Books: 

The Detective in the Dooryard  


Listen to the other episodes in the series: 


About the guest:     

Tim Cotton is a retired 34-year-cop, writer, former podcaster, author of three books, current social media manager of the Bangor Maine Police Facebook page and his own Facebook page. He has a website and provides a weekly blog to 20,000 subscribers. He is working on his fourth book, a fiction novel, under contract with Downeast Books, a Maine publisher. 


Looking to connect: 

Instagram: @timcottonwrites