Limestone police chief’s position approved after two weeks in limbo

By Julia Bayly, BDN Staff
Posted Aug. 04, 2012, at 1:14 p.m.

LIMESTONE, Maine — After two weeks in employment limbo, Limestone’s chief of police is now officially on the job with full municipal Board of Selectmen support.

Stacey Mahan, the Limestone police chief since 2007, did not have his yearly appointment confirmed during the July 18 meeting of the town Board of Selectmen.

The unanimous vote caught the chief and the town manager by surprise.

“I was not aware this was happening,” Mahan, who was not at the July 18 meeting, said several days after the vote. “I can’t really point to anything specific that could have caused this.”

James Pelletier, chairman of the Limestone Board of Selectmen, however, had indicated Mahan had plenty of warning his position could be in jeopardy.

On Wednesday, Aug. 1, the board met in executive session with Mahan, his attorney, the town manager and the town’s legal counsel.

“There was some discussion and it was all very professional,” Mahan said.

Donna Bernier, Limestone town manager, agreed.

“The meeting was very productive,” she said. “They talked with Stacey [Mahan] and it really went very well.”

After coming out of executive session, the chief said, the board voted unanimously to confirm his appointment for the year.

At the first vote to reject Mahan’s appointment James Pelletier, chairman of the Board of Selectmen, cited concerns surrounding Mahan’s handling some procedural and personnel matters.

“I am confident [Mahan] is going to address those issues in the department now that he knows the areas where there are problems,” Pelletier said Friday. “We have given the chief the time now to do that.”

Everyone involved said they are glad the matter has been resolved and are looking forward to moving on.

“It’s nice to know after two weeks of worrying that this is over and we can look ahead,” Mahan said. “The community support shown to me throughout this has really helped me get through it.”

Despite the lack of board approval on his appointment, Mahan showed up for work every day during those two weeks his position was in question.

“I’m looking forward to working with the people here,” he said. “I don’t have any ill-will toward anyone [and] I am not one to hold a grudge.”

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