Sangerville fire chief, under investigation for misuing town money, resigns

Posted Feb. 27, 2014, at 7:09 p.m.
Last modified Feb. 28, 2014, at 6:02 a.m.

SANGERVILLE, Maine — The town’s fire chief of more than eight years has hung up his helmet.

Charles “Chuck” Beane submitted his letter of resignation on Feb. 14, reportedly citing health and personal reasons, Town Manager David Pearson confirmed Thursday.

Pearson noted that Beane broke his leg in three places while doing plowing work earlier this month.

Pearson said that before Beane resigned, questions arose about the possible misappropriation of funds. He said he has asked the Piscataquis County Sheriff’s Office to investigate.

Pearson declined to discuss the matter in further detail because the investigation, being conducted by Lt. James Kane, is still underway.

Beane declined to comment about the resignation and investigation when contacted by telephone on Thursday.

Pearson said Thursday that the town’s Board of Selectmen was expected to appoint Beane’s successor — Deputy Fire Chief Jeff Willey Sr. — during a meeting that night.

According to Pearson, the town’s fire chief is paid an annual stipend of $1,300 plus $8.50 an hour for responding to fire calls and participating in meetings and training.

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