DAMARISCOTTA, Maine — The chief of the Nobleboro Fire Department was arrested at his home on Aug. 29 and charged with domestic violence assault.
Ryan A. Gallagher, 41, of Damariscotta has served as the Nobleboro’s fire chief since 2010.
Damariscotta police Officer Devin Polizzotti went to Gallagher’s home after police received a 911 call during which the caller hung up, according to Damariscotta police Officer Devin Polizzotti.
“I showed up on scene, I spoke with the parties that were there, one of which was Mr. Gallagher,” Polizzotti said. “And through an investigation that lasted a good amount of time — I was there for I’d say maybe half an hour to 45 minutes — there was evidence that one of the parties involved had been assaulted, and according to Maine statute, I arrested him [Gallagher] for domestic violence assault.”
Gallagher was taken to Two Bridges Regional Jail, and was released the same day on $1,000 unsecured bail, according to jail staff.
A call to Gallagher for comment was not returned.
According to Dick Spear, chairman of the Nobleboro Board of Selectmen, nothing has changed regarding Gallagher’s appointment as fire chief.
“He’s been a great fire chief, and he does a great job,” Spear said.
Gallagher took on the fire chief role in 2010, stepping up temporarily from his role as assistant fire chief when the department voted out then-chief Woodbury McLean, according to The Lincoln County News archives.
The fire company elected Gallagher as chief just a few weeks later.
If you or someone you know is experiencing domestic violence and would like to talk with an advocate, call 866-834-4357, TRS 800-787-3224. This free, confidential service is available 24/7 and is accessible from anywhere in Maine.