Larry Fickett FILE PHOTO

Suspended cop resigns

BAR HARBOR — Patrolman Larry Fickett resigned from the Bar Harbor Police Department Feb. 3 following a three-day unpaid suspension.

“I am happy with my decision and will be pursuing a new career,” Fickett said in an email. He is working as a fitness coach at CrossFit Acadia in Ellsworth.

Departmental records provided in response to a Freedom of Information (FOI) request by the Islander indicate Fickett was suspended for violations of policy including dishonesty and “conduct unbecoming a civil servant” compromising trustworthiness of the employee or town government.

Chief Jim Willis requested an investigation into Fickett’s conduct, according to the documents, “after receiving a complaint from another law enforcement agency about Fickett asking one of their officers to leave information out of an investigative report.”

Lt. David Kerns conducted the in-house investigation, including an interview with Fickett. Kerns’ report called Fickett’s account of the events “inconsistent and inaccurate.”

Willis said he met with Fickett Jan. 14 “to provide him with an opportunity to present his side of events.” The chief issued the unpaid suspension Jan. 20. It was to be served on Jan. 28-30.

Fickett’s personnel file contained another written reprimand, from November of 2014, for violating a department order in using the lights and sirens on a police cruiser in responding a non-emergency situation. He was put on a “formal work action plan,” supervised by Lt. James Pinkham, to improve his job performance.

Fickett joined the Bar Harbor department in September of 2012. He was one of two officers that responded to an incident involving then-Police Chief Nate Young in September of 2013. He gave testimony in a pending U.S. District Court case filed by Young against the town in 2014.

Earlier this year, Young filed FOI requests for Fickett’s disciplinary records.

“I’d like to thank the BHPD for the three years I spent there,” Fickett said this week. “While there, I made some lifelong friends and enjoyed protecting and serving the citizens of this community.

“With regards to former Police Chief Nathan Young, I wish him best of luck in all future endeavors.”

Liz Graves

Liz Graves

Reporter at Mount Desert Islander
Former Islander reporter and editor Liz Graves grew up in California and came to Maine as a schooner sailor.

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