Milo manager to discipline police chief

Posted March 31, 2009, at 9:17 p.m.
Last modified Feb. 13, 2011, at 11 a.m.

MILO, Maine — After an executive session Monday, selectmen authorized Town Manager Jeff Gahagan to take “appropriate disciplinary action” against Milo Police Chief Michael Poulin.

Poulin was arrested and charged with assault last month after he allegedly grabbed his wife, Elaine Poulin, by the arms and pinned her against the wall in Elaine’s Basket Cafe and Gift Shop, the business she operates on West Main Street. He is expected to make his initial court appearance on the charge at 8:30 a.m. Monday, April 27, in 13th District Court in Dover-Foxcroft.

After the incident, town officials suspended Michael Poulin with pay pending the outcome of the continuing investigation.

On Monday, however, the board decided to take further action. Gahagan did not know what that action might be but said he planned to talk with the town’s attorney on the matter.

The alleged assault occurred shortly after 7 p.m. March 20 when Michael Poulin, accompanied by the couple’s son, Chris Poulin, 25, came into the cafe, where an argument erupted over marital problems, Lt. Robert Young of the Piscataquis County Sheriff’s Department said earlier this month. The cafe had closed for the day when the incident occurred.

Two Milo police officers and a friend of Elaine Poulin’s were inside the cafe when Michael Poulin and his son arrived, Young said.

Piscataquis County District Attorney R. Christopher Almy said Tuesday he is still reviewing the police reports and he expects there may be additional charges.

Poulin was hired as Milo’s police chief in June 2006 and has been in law enforcement for more than 30 years.

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