MILLINOCKET, Maine — Police Officer Kevin Ingersoll hasn’t been on duty since September, but Town Manager Eugene Conlogue and Police Chief Donald Bolduc weren’t saying why on Wednesday.
Conlogue confirmed Wednesday that Ingersoll hasn’t been working since some point in September — he declined to say exactly when — and would not say whether Ingersoll has been on paid leave of some sort or has been unpaid.
“It’s a personnel matter,” Conlogue said Wednesday. “I would prefer to not go into that at this time. I am very sensitive about protecting the rights of employees in personnel issues.”
Ingersoll did not return a telephone call seeking comment on Wednesday.
Bolduc referred comment on the matter to Conlogue.
A town D.A.R.E. officer, Ingersoll has earned several commendations for his police work during his career with the Millinocket police since joining the force in 2005.
A Stearns High School graduate, the 39-year-old Ingersoll and fellow Officer Aaron Brooker earned a Town Council commendation in March 2007 for helping a local man escape a fire at his Aroostook Avenue home the month before. The two stood at a doorway with flashlights and shouted directions and encouragement to the man to help him get to safety.
He earned another commendation in June 2006, when he, Sgt. Jerry Cox, Reserve Officer Bradley Fitzgerald, Detective Jon Glidden, Officer Steve Perrault and Reserve Officer Janet Theriault established a security perimeter around a house, evacuated surrounding neighbors and talked a woman who lived there out of killing herself with a 20-gauge shotgun.
The negotiation lasted about two hours.