PARIS, Maine — Two top officers in Paris resign from their positions, citing a “toxic atmosphere” and the department’s questionable future.
This month, detective Richard Belanger quit.
On Monday, interim police Chief Jeff Lange stepped down.
According to the Sun Journal, Lange called the atmosphere “too negative,” adding it’s not a healthy working environment for any employee in Paris.
The town has been struggling about whether to dissolve the police department and switch to coverage by the county sheriff’s department.
The Paris town manager said he disagrees with that.
“I think we’ve made major steps in the direction of making it cost efficient, effective, and that 24-hour patrol coverage is really important to the townspeople,” Sawin Millett said. “I would be sad and sorry to see it go.”
Paris voters will decide June 14 whether to contract with the sheriff’s office.
Depending on the outcome, they’ll address funding either the police department or sheriff’s office at the town meeting June 18.
Lange will go to Wiscasset to become police chief.