BAR HARBOR — Embattled Police Chief Nate Young was fired late Wednesday by town manager Dana Reed.
The action comes after a lengthy investigation by Portland attorney John Goodman into allegations surrounding a Sept. 25, 2013 incident involving Mr. Young’s interaction with two of his officers after Mr. Young was reported slumped over the steering wheel of his parked truck while off duty. Mr. Young strongly denies any wrongdoing, and said Wednesday evening he will fight to keep his job. He has been out on paid administrative leave since Oct. 1 of last year.
While on leave, he spent a month in a residential alcohol abuse treatment facility in Pennsylvania. He has stated in previous interviews that his alcohol use never affected his job performance.
In a press release issued in response to an inquiry from the Islander, Mr. Reed said he would be withholding comment on the matter, as, under town rules, Mr. Young may appeal his decision to the town council.
Mr. Young has said throughout the investigation that he is innocent of misconduct. On Wednesday, he said that the results of the investigation do not add up and that he would appeal Mr. Reed’s decision to the town council.
“I dispute most all of that report. As Goodman reports the witness accounts, it’s totally contrary to the information we have,” he said. “Almost four months now he’s [Mr. Reed] dragged this thing out, and he’s used sneaky tactics, and it will all come out in a public hearing.”
Mr. Young was irritated to have learned of the termination in a phone call from a reporter although Mr. Reed said he notified Mr. Young’s attorney before releasing a statement.
Acting Police Chief Jim Willis, the Chief of the Mount Desert Police Department, will remain in charge of the Bar Harbor department, Mr. Reed said.
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