MILLINOCKET, Maine — Police Chief Donald Bolduc won’t be resigning after all, Town Manager Eugene Conlogue said Wednesday.
Bolduc reversed his plans during a meeting about 1½ weeks ago when he told Conlogue that he could stay on as chief if town officials wanted him to.
“I was happy to have him stay on for us. He has been a good chief,” Conlogue said Wednesday.
Bolduc announced in December that he would resign his position as chief and become a patrolman as soon as the town could find a new chief. Conlogue told Town Council members of Bolduc’s decision during a meeting that month. Councilors did not seek an explanation for Bolduc’s decision, and only council Chairman Scott Gonya discussed the matter, saying that he was glad Bolduc would stay on as a patrolman.
Bolduc, who had been chief for about 5½ years, was tired of the chief’s job, Conlogue said at the time. On Wednesday, Conlogue said that Bolduc was somewhat stressed with the high turnover in personnel the department had endured in the fall but now feels recharged.
Officer Kevin Ingersoll and Detective Ron McCarthy resigned during the third quarter of last year for what was described at the time as personal or health reasons. The department carries nine officers, including a chief.
Conlogue said the first search for a new chief ended without a candidate that town officials deemed acceptable. He declined to comment further.
Conlogue gave Bolduc high marks as chief. The Police Department has, like other town departments, contended with zero- or low-growth budgets over Bolduc’s six-year tenure. It has been hiring almost continuously due to retirements, injuries or resignations due primarily, Conlogue said, to uncompetitive salaries, although he believes that problem has been rectified. Seldom has the force been at full strength.
Nor will it be next year, if councilors approve Conlogue’s proposed 2010-11 budget. Under the budget, the department’s second detective position would remain unfilled.