BAR HARBOR — Fired police chief Nate Young has taken his fight against the town to Hancock County Superior Court.
In a March 24 complaint, Young, represented by attorney Gregg Frame, claims that when he was terminated by town manager Dana Reed in January, it was not for “just cause,” a stipulation outlined in his contract. He claims further that when the town council voted to uphold the dismissal last month, his due process rights were violated. He says that the council’s decision was “arbitrary, capricious an abuse of discretion, legally erroneous, and is unsupported by substantial evidence in the record.”
In the three-count complaint, Young asks that his position be reinstated and that he be awarded back pay, front pay and damages, costs and attorney’s fees, “and such other and further relief as the court finds appropriate.”
Much of the complaint focuses around the lack of evidence provided to support Young’s alleged wrong doings and on alleged bias among members of the town council. According to the complaint, the five members of town council that voted at the end of the hearing to uphold Young’s dismissal had previously expressed a desire to see him removed from his position.
Young was fired by Reed in late January of this year after filling the role of police chief since 1991. The action was based on an incident during late September 2013 when Mr. Young is alleged to have been intoxicated while behind the wheel of his parked pickup truck as well as Young’s actions after the incident, which Reed characterized as insubordinate.
The town’s response to Young’s lawsuit will likely be handled by attorneys representing the Maine Municipal Association risk pool, the town’s insurer. The pool also should pick up most costs involved with the court action, Reed has said.
Click the link below to download a copy of Young’s complaint: