BAR HARBOR — Former Police Chief Nate Young pulled nomination papers Wednesday to become a candidate for Town Council.
“I want to continue to serve the town,” he told the Islander. “I have a vast knowledge of the infrastructure of the town and a lot of people saying I should run.”
He’s also currently involved in a lawsuit against the town, seeking to be reinstated at the Bar Harbor Police Department. The town charter prohibits councilors from “holding any other town office or town employment.”
“If and when my case progresses, I would have to make that decision when the time comes,” he said. “My legal process has taken a long time, but I’m patiently waiting.”
If elected, he would focus on transparency in town government and responsibility to taxpayers, he said. “My focus, my passion, is on what I worked for 22 years to build” on the Police Department, but that’s not my sole reason to be running for Town Council.”
In the two years since Young was fired as chief, he said, “there have been several changes that have been made to the police department and its operations, personnel departures and whatnot.”
The Bar Harbor and Mount Desert Police Departments now share a chief and cooperate in other ways.
Matthew Hochman, owner of the Trailhead Café, member of the Warrant Committee and chair of the town’s Communications Technology Task Force, also has pulled nomination papers for a council seat.
Two seats on the Town Council will be open in June elections, as Paul Paradis and David Bowden are not seeking re-election. Two seats on the Superintending School Committee and one position as Mount Desert Island School District trustee are also up.
In order to appear on the town meeting election ballot, candidates must return nomination papers signed by at least 25 voters by April 29.