Police chief protests length of inquiry

BAR HARBOR — Nearly three months after being placed on paid administrative leave and a month since he completed an alcohol treatment program, police chief Nate Young is pushing for a resolution to his employment situation.

On Dec. 19, Chief Young emailed town manager Dana Reed, along with all seven town councilors, to express his frustration with the process that has seen him sidelined from the police department. In his communication he insists that the investigation into his alleged actions be brought to a quick end.

Chief Young wrote to Reed. “Administrative leave is not disciplinary, however, you have already made up your mind to get rid of me, yet you state the investigation is not complete. What would you expect me to think?”

On Friday, a day after he sent the email, Chief Young said, he received a reply from Reed warning him that any further questioning of Reed’s actions would result in disciplinary procedures.

Reed said that in no way has he made up his mind regarding Chief Young’s employment, and that he would wait for the investigation to be completed before doing 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]