BAR HARBOR — Former Police Chief Nate Young is moving forward with his appeal of the town manager’s decision to fire him, and expects to be fully exonerated of all charges against him, he said this week.
Young, who was terminated by town manager Dana Reed on Wednesday, Jan. 22, said that his appeal was sent to the town attorney on Friday, but that service was not accepted. The appeal must be delivered to the town clerk, he said, and that is set to happen this week.
According to town personnel rules, a terminated employee may appeal the town’s decision by filing written notice with the town clerk within 10 calendar days of the decision.
The town council must schedule an appeal hearing within 30 days of the filing of an appeal notice, and is to render their decision within 10 days of said hearing. The town council’s decision is to be considered final. The next step for an employee who continues to feel aggrieved would be the court system.
Young has hired investigator Steve Pickering to dissect the report that led to his dismissal, and to help mount his appeal. He had been stymied in these efforts by an order placed on police department employees by Reed prohibiting them from talking to Young, but that order was lifted on Jan. 23, Young said.
Reed did not comment, saying he needed to confer with the town attorney.
The exact nature of the charges that led to Young’s dismissal remain hidden from public view. Reed has said that all documents regarding the case are part of a personnel matter, and not public.
Young was placed on administrative leave from the force, with pay, on Oct.1 after allegations came to Reed’s attention.