Chief negotiations advance



MOUNT DESERT — Town Manager Durlin Lunt was given the green light Monday to discuss a more structured police chief-sharing deal with Bar Harbor’s town manager.

At the board of selectmen’s meeting at the Somesville Fire Station, Lunt explained he would like to have a more formal, detailed arrangement ready to present when the current short-term deal expires in January.

“It’s so amorphous at this time,” Lunt said. He continued that a more detailed set of goals would allow acting joint chief Jim Willis to make more substantive changes in the operation of the Bar Harbor department.

“He hasn’t felt compelled to make the changes he would like to make in Bar Harbor,” Lunt told selectmen.

The goal of the talks would be to come up with a one-year proof of concept arrangement. The idea would be to report back to the MDI League of Towns on how it is going in October of 2015.

Selectman Martha Dudman said she had concerns about continuing to approve short-term agreements without looking at the larger picture.

“That’s exactly why we need to set these goals,” Lunt replied.

The board voted unanimously to approve the discussions with Bar Harbor.

Earl Brechlin

Earl Brechlin

Editor at Mount Desert Islander
Former Islander editor Earl Brechlin first discovered Mount Desert Island 35 years ago and never left. The author of seven guide and casual history books, he is a Registered Maine Guide and has served as president of the Maine and New England Press Associations. He and his wife live in Bar Harbor.

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