Lt. Mark Hathaway standing in as Bangor police chief for 6 weeks

Posted Aug. 30, 2012, at 4:09 p.m.
Last modified Aug. 30, 2012, at 9:48 p.m.

BANGOR, Maine — When Bangor Police Chief Ron Gastia took the reins of the Bangor Police Department in June 2007, his first official act was to give Lt. Mark Hathaway a promotion: to Gastia’s former post as services lieutenant.

Gastia, who is retiring at the end of September, is using up his unused vacation time and again appointed Hathaway as his replacement, but this time it’s for only a short amount of time, Sgt. Paul Edwards said. Starting Thursday, Hathaway began standing in for Gastia until Deputy Chief Peter Arno is ready to assume the interim chief role, he said.

“There is a gap between when Ron leaves and Arno comes on of about six weeks,” the sergeant explained.

Arno, a 25-year Bangor police veteran, was appointed by the Bangor City Council on Aug. 13 to be the city’s interim police chief until a permanent chief is hired. Hathaway has worked for the department for about two decades.