Ousted police chief issues statement

Nate Young

BAR HARBOR — The day after being fired by Town Manager Dana Reed, embattled Police Chief Nate Young issued a statement Thursday saying that he intends to seek reinstatement.

Young was terminated Wednesday after an extended investigation by Portland attorney John Goodman into allegations surrounding a Sept. 25, 2013, incident during which Young is alleged to have been intoxicated behind the wheel of his parked truck while off duty. Young strongly denies the allegations.

Reed said he would be withholding comment on the matter, as, under town rules, Young may appeal his decision to the Town Council.

Young was irritated to have learned of his termination in a phone call from the Mount Desert Islander. Just before 5 p.m. Wednesday, the Islander received a press release from Reed regarding Young’s termination. Young, in turn, had not yet received word of his dismissal when he took a call from the Islander.

As of 4:30 p.m., when he last spoke with his attorney, Gregg Frame, neither man had received word of the dismissal.

The statement from Young is as follows:

“I am obviously extremely disappointed by the Town Manager’s decision to terminate my employment, and I intend to request a hearing before the Town Council so that they may hear a more balanced view of the facts of this case. While the decision is not surprising, given that the Town Manager has consistently sought to sully my name and utilize his power and position to remove me from this position, the method by which I was informed speaks volumes, as a reporter from a local newspaper informed me of Dana Reed’s decision before I or my attorney had received anything from the Town or its attorney on the termination. It was later in the day that we were emailed a copy of the Town Manager’s decision (one that had already been released to others), a decision that is based on an Investigator’s Report that is rife with inconsistencies and inaccuracies and gross suppositions and assumptions.

As trained law enforcement personnel, I was taught not to rely on these things, and to seek the truth. In this instance, the Town Manager has relied on these inconsistencies, inaccuracies, suppositions, and assumptions to railroad a 29 year career with Town of Bar Harbor, including 23 as the Chief of Police, during which I have earned the praise and respect of those I have worked with (both at the Department and beyond) and those who have been my adversaries in the criminal justice process.

I truly appreciate all of the support I have received from the community during this trying time. The people of the Town of Bar Harbor deserve to know exactly what happened, and how this decision was reached, and I feel strongly that the people that I have served and protected for 29 years will not support the Town Manager’s decision. I am confident that when the cloak of secrecy and back room maneuverings is lifted and the Town Council is presented with the full facts, I will be back at work as Chief of the Bar Harbor Police Department.”

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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]