Gouldsboro yet to begin search for police chief, town manager

GOULDSBORO — The town of Gouldsboro is looking for another part-time police officer.

However, said Town Manager Sherri Cox, the Board of Selectmen has not begun the process of searching for a new police chief to replace Tyler Dunbar, who resigned June 12.

Dunbar’s departure leaves the town with only one full-time officer, John Shively, and a part-time reserve officer, Eli Brown.

Cox said Shively has been designated a sergeant so he can access the supervisory functions of the town’s police computer system in the absence of a chief.

At its June 25 meeting, the Board of Selectmen authorized Shively to begin looking for candidates for a second reserve officer and present those candidates’ names to the board.

The selectmen also approved Shively’s request to raise the starting pay for reserve officers to $17.50 per hour.

Cox said the town has yet to advertise for a new town manager. At a June 13 meeting, she gave the selectmen the two months notice required by her contract. Her last day is Aug. 12.

Cox has said her decision to resign has nothing to do with issues surrounding the police vote.

Both Dunbar’s and Cox’s resignations came in the midst of controversy over whether the town should dissolve its police department and contract with the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office for law enforcement. At the polls June 25, residents voted against doing so.

Dana Rice, chairman of the Board of Selectmen, and Selectman Ernie West could not be reached for comment about the town’s job openings by press time.

The board meets again Aug. 8.

Correction: An earlier version of this article contained an error. The selectmen should have been identified as Dana Rice and Ernie West.

Johanna S. Billings

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News Reporter Johanna S. Billings covers eastern Hancock County and western Washington County. An avid photographer, she lives in Steuben with her husband and several cats. She welcomes tips and story ideas. Email her at [email protected]

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