Washington County sheriff hires new chief deputy to replace ‘burned out’ one he fired

Posted Jan. 24, 2013, at 12:01 p.m.
Baileyville Police Chief Shawn Donahue
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Baileyville Police Chief Shawn Donahue

MACHIAS, Maine — Baileyville Police Chief Shawn Donahue has been hired by Washington County Sheriff Donnie Smith to to be the new chief deputy of the Washington County Sheriff’s Department.

Donahue succeeds Michael St. Louis, who Smith terminated on Jan. 4, saying that St. Louis was “burned out” after serving as chief deputy since 2007, when Smith began his first term as sheriff.

Donahue’s resume shows that he was a deputy in Smith’s department in 2009 and 2010, when he left to become the chief of police and public safety director in the Washington County community of Baileyville. Prior to joining the Washington County Sheriff’s Department, Donahue had been a sergeant with the Baileyville Police Department between 1998 and 2009.

Smith said Donahue will report for duty the week of Feb. 10. His annual salary will be $49,000. St. Louis’ annual salary at the time of his termination was $49,900, Smith said.

“Everybody here knows Shawn and likes him,” Smith said Thursday morning. “He’s a well-trained professional and will be a good asset. I feel very, very fortunate that he has taken the job.”

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