Tempers flare after harbormaster resigns

TREMONT — Shortly after submitting his second, and immediate, resignation Friday the town’s harbormaster was warned by police for disorderly conduct after getting into an heated argument with a selectman.

David Schlaefer first submitted a resignation letter to the town on April 25, writing that he would stay on the job until June 28. On Friday, he submitted another resignation letter, effective as of 11 a.m. that day. He gave no reason in the letter for the sudden change in departure date.

According to Maine State Police, sometime around noon Friday Schlaefer encountered selectman Lester Closson in the town office and an exchange of words escalated to yelling both inside and outside in a parking lot. State police were called and issued the warning to Schlaefer, said Sergeant Alden Bustard.

At an emergency harbor committee meeting called to discuss the resignation Friday afternoon, the committee voted 4-2 to invite Schlaefer to a meeting to discuss the issues he had with the position, in hopes of getting him to stay on. On Tuesday, Billings said that is now a “moot point.” He said he talked with Schlaefler, who told the town manager he had no interest in continuing on as harbormaster.

Advertisements for a new harbormaster are to run in this week’s newspaper, Billings said.

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Mark Good

Mark Good

Reporter at Mount Desert Islander