LINCOLN, Maine – Police Chief William Flagg will resign his position effective Aug. 25 to return to his former department with a long-term goal of pursuing a teaching position, he and town officials said Tuesday.
“I have decided to take a different career direction,” Flagg, 41, said Tuesday.
A Milford resident, Flagg will take a full-time but temporary position with the Penobscot County Sheriff’s Department as a patrol officer, filling in for another officer on an extended leave of absence, he said. He declined to identify the officer.
Flagg informed Town Manager Lisa Goodwin of his decision on Tuesday and she posted the job opening Tuesday afternoon on the town Web site, lincolnmaine.org, after informing Town Council members, Goodwin said.
Flagg eventually hopes to secure a position teaching law enforcement, possibly in a university setting, she said.
“He really wants to pursue that,” Goodwin said Tuesday.
Lincoln’s police chief since October 2007, Flagg replaced interim Police Chief Phil Dawson, who filled in for retired Police Chief Hank Dusenbery.
Dusenbery, who took the helm of the town’s police squad five years ago after a 20-year career with the state police, cited philosophical differences with then Town Manager Glenn Aho as his reason for leaving on July 2. He is now a private investigator.
Aho and the council selected Flagg from 19 applicants.
Flagg had been a lead investigator for the Sheriff’s Department for several years, typically handling homicides, assaults and lesser crimes throughout northern Penobscot County.
Much of what Flagg leaves in Lincoln is in flux or about to be finished. The Police Department soon will have computers installed in cars. A plan to observe large portions of Main Street through surveillance cameras still has its bugs being worked out, though its difficulties are not attributable to Flagg.
Among the completed projects during Flagg’s tenure are a switch from a town dispatching center to the Penobscot Regional Communication Center and the successful application for a grant that paid for a biometric iris identification system used by several northern Penobscot County towns.
Flagg also helped fill in for Dawson for several weeks when Dawson was out with a medical problem.
“He has done a good job,” Goodwin said. “He has a good opportunity in front of him. Ultimately, everybody is going to do what’s best for them.”
Lincoln, Flagg said, “has an outstanding complement of officers working for them. They do an excellent job.”