MILLINOCKET, Maine — A former Lincoln and Millinocket police sergeant has filled an open patrolman’s position with town police, officials said Friday.
Kevin Giberson, 38, of East Millinocket, opted to come back to town from Lincoln and fill one of two open patrolman’s positions, Police Chief Donald Bolduc said Thursday. His first day was Dec. 31.
“We had a pool of applicants. He was the only one that had graduated the police academy. He worked for us before, and he did a great job,” Bolduc said.
The two towns’ police departments are coping with rapid personnel turnover and are searching for police chiefs. Bolduc said he did not know whether Giberson was a candidate for his job, which Bolduc will leave to become a town patrolman when Bolduc’s replacement is hired.
Giberson joined the Lincoln Police Department in February 2008 after 17 years in the East Millinocket and Millinocket police departments, in the latter as a sergeant, or the department’s second-in-command, for much of his time.
As Lincoln’s patrol sergeant and the second-highest-ranking officer in the department, he assisted the police chief with day-to-day operations. He also served as the department’s training officer.
Then-Police Chief William Flagg resigned on Aug. 25 to pursue a teaching career, being replaced by Fire Chief Phil Dawson on an interim basis, and Officer Chad Chubbuck was fired in late October for what he said was a violation of the town’s policy requiring officers to live within 15 miles of town. Chubbuck described the parting as amicable.
In Millinocket, Officer Kevin Ingersoll and Detective Ron McCarthy have resigned, for personal or health reasons. Ingersoll left in early November; McCarthy, effective Oct. 14 for a medical disability. Also, Bolduc announced in early December that he would resign.
On Thursday, he said he chose to leave his position simply because he wanted to return to street duty. Town officials, who praised Bolduc’s work as a police chief, informally agreed to keep him on as a patrolman when his replacement is hired.
Lincoln Town Manager Lisa Goodwin and Millinocket Town Manager Eugene Conlogue did not return messages left Friday seeking comment on their searches for new chiefs.