Discrimination claimed in police chief appeal

BAR HARBOR — Terminated Police Chief Nate Young claims that he is being discriminated against and that his human rights have been violated by town manager Dana Reed.

The town, meanwhile, has spent an extra $15,000 on an interim chief for the police department since Young was placed on leave in the fall, prior to his dismissal. Young is still being paid.

In a notice of appeal delivered by hand to town clerk Pat Gray on Jan. 29, Young’s attorney Gregg Frame claims four sections of the personnel rules were violated when Young was dismissed on Jan. 22.

Young said he felt the discrimination against him began at a meeting withReed in May 2013. The meeting took place after Reed received word that Mount Desert Police had responded to a 9-11 hang-up call from Young’s then-home in Mount Desert.

Young claims Reed told him at the time that he had more than enough town councilors behind him to terminate him from his job. Young has filed freedom of information requests to try to determine more about this allegation, he said. Young denies any misconduct.

In his appeal, Young also says that Reed violated personnel rules, which align Bar Harbor’s employee rules with the Maine Human Rights Act.

Frame said he will be interviewing key witnesses. He also stresses that the town has not yet responded to Young’s personnel file request or freedom of information document request, and says that the documents, along with the interviews, are critical to a fair hearing.

Town councilors have thirty days from the receipt of the appeal to schedule a hearing. This gives them until Feb. 28 to do so.

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Robert Levin

Robert Levin

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