Documents detail reasons for police chief’s termination



Former Bar Harbor Police Chief Nate Young, pictured seated at table at left during his recent appeal of his termination, was fired due to his actions both during and after a Sept. 2013 incident, according to court documents.

BAR HARBOR — The decision to fire former police chief Nate Young was based not just on the Sept. 2013 incident in Town Hill when he was allegedly intoxicated behind the wheel, but also on his actions in the months after. Town manager Dana Reed outlined those reasons in his Jan. 22 dismissal letter to Young.

The details of Young’s dismissal are brought to light in a series of documents released by Reed Wednesday in response to a Freedom of Information Act request made by the Mount Desert Islander. The 156 pages of documents comprise the entirety of exhibits given to town councilors prior to Young’s appeal hearing last week.

The complete set of those documents is available at the link at the bottom of this article.

“Your conduct, both in regard to the September 25, 2013 incident, and during the subsequent investigation and the administrative leave period, violates numerous Departmental General Orders and Canons of Ethics that you not only promulgated as Police Chief, but also were responsible for administrating and holding your subordinates accountable to,” Reed wrote in his termination letter to Young.

The letter cited the following violations:

• Making a false official statement

• Immoral conduct

• Neglect or disobedience of orders

• Failure to treat another officer or civilian employee, or any other person, civilly and courteously

• Using coarse, profane, or insolent language

• Publicly criticizing official actions of a supervisor

• Mistreatment of a junior member of the Department

• Violation of Department rules or regulations

• Violation of Department general or special orders

• Any act which brings or tends to bring the individual or the Department into disrepute

• Any other act or omission contrary to the good order and discipline of the Department

Nate Young hearing exhibits

Robert Levin

Robert Levin

Former reporter Robert Levin covered the people, businesses, governmental and nonprofit agencies of Bar Harbor. [email protected]
Robert Levin

Latest posts by Robert Levin (see all)