MILLINOCKET, Maine — Police Chief Donald Bolduc will resign his position and become a patrolman when he is replaced as chief, officials said Thursday.
Bolduc, who has been chief for about 5½ years, told Town Manager Eugene Conlogue Wednesday that he no longer wanted his present position, Conlogue said. Conlogue told Town Council members during their meeting Thursday that he wanted Bolduc to stay on as a patrolman.
“He’s just tired,” Conlogue said after the meeting. He said Bolduc is in his mid-40s. “He said it’s time for someone else to do it. I think he just feels the need to do something else.”
During the meeting, councilors did not seek an explanation for Bolduc’s decision to quit as chief, and only council Chairman Scott Gonya discussed the matter.
“I am very pleased to hear that we could retain the chief,” Gonya said. “He would be an awful loss to the community. I am glad he is staying.”
Bolduc did not attend the meeting and could not be reached for comment on Thursday.
Bolduc is the third officer to leave the department since August. Officer Kevin Ingersoll and Detective Ron McCarthy have resigned, for personal or health reasons. The department usually carries nine officers, including a chief.
The town is a few weeks away from hiring an eighth officer, had planned to hire a ninth, but councilors informally agreed to put Bolduc in the open ninth slot. Conlogue said he would start to formulate search goals for a new chief as soon as possible.
Conlogue gave Bolduc high marks as chief. The Police Department has been in hiring mode almost constantly because of retirements, injuries, resignations or officers leaving for other jobs, due primarily, Conlogue said, to uncompetitive salaries, although that problem has been rectified. Seldom has it been at full strength.
Like other town department managers, Bolduc has contended with zero- or low-growth budgets over his tenure. Still, Conlogue said he was “very surprised” when Bolduc told him he wanted to resign as chief.
“He is an excellent chief,” Conlogue said. “He always has the concerns of his officers and the public first and foremost in mind. He has had to deal with a lot of change, particularly in the last year and a half, and I think it has taken its toll. Sometimes a shift in career path is the way to address that.”