LINCOLN, Maine — Town Manager Lisa Goodwin has interviewed three candidates but would not call them finalists when discussing her search for a new police chief Tuesday.
Goodwin would only describe the search for a permanent replacement to Police Chief William Flagg, who resigned his position on Aug. 25, as ongoing, although she did say that she was surprised at the lack of candidates for the position.
“It’s a low number,” she said Tuesday. “I don’t know why.”
The interviews occurred about two weeks ago.
A Milford resident, Flagg took a full-time but temporary position with the Penobscot County Sheriff’s Department, his former department, as a patrol officer, filling in for another officer on an extended leave of absence, he said.
Flagg eventually hopes to secure a position teaching law enforcement, possibly in a university setting, Goodwin had said at the time.
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 other crimes throughout northern Penobscot County.
Dawson is handling the police and fire departments now as an interim police chief and as the fire chief.