MILLINOCKET, Maine — Police Detective Ron McCarthy resigned in mid-October for medical reasons, Town Manager Eugene Conlogue said.
Conlogue and Police Chief Donald Bolduc declined to describe them further, saying they were personnel issues.
“He is a great human being and a very honest man. He will truly be missed,” Bolduc said Tuesday.
McCarthy could not be reached for comment Tuesday.
McCarthy has been a detective since Officer Jason Linkletter joined the department in 2006. He earned several commendations or accolades from Bolduc for his handling of several burglaries and other crimes he investigated.
In one case in September 2008, McCarthy’s memory of the shoplifting at Family Dollar store off Route 11 of a pair of rubber gloves months before led to the summoning of three Medway people — two adults and a juvenile — on charges of theft and selling stolen materials and recovery of a stolen trailer worth about $4,000.
In September, Penobscot County District Attorney R. Christopher Almy said that flaws in a McCarthy investigation in which a 15-year-old boy was charged in connection with a fire at a community-built “playscape” last year forced Almy to dismiss the case for lack of evidence.
McCarthy is the second officer to stop working for the department since September.
Officer Kevin Ingersoll hasn’t been on duty since some point in September and town officials have declined to say whether Ingersoll has been on paid leave of some sort or has been unpaid.
Ingersoll and McCarthy are the only town officers not working at the moment, Bolduc said. At full strength, the department has two sergeants, two detectives, four patrol officers and a chief.