Paris accepts police chief's resignation; police coverage re-vote possible
by Tony Reaves, Staff Writer Sun Journal March 26, 2013
PARIS — Police Chief Michael Dailey's resignation has been accepted, Town Manager Amy Bernard announced Monday.
In addition, the option of whether to eliminate the Paris Police Department in favor of sheriff's office coverage, which selectmen voted down March 11, might make the town meeting warrant after all.
The board held an executive session with Dailey before Monday's meeting. At the start of the regular meeting, Bernard announced that she had accepted Dailey's resignation. He has accepted a position with the Oxford County Sheriff's Office, and his last day as chief is April 26.
Dailey told the Advertiser Democrat last week that uncertainty in the department, as well as his desire to return to crash reconstruction work, led to his decision to resign as chief.
Bernard said the Maine Chiefs of Police Association will audit the department in April. She also said the town is looking for an interim chief from outside of the department while it searches for a full-time replacement.
There were several requests that selectmen let residents vote at the town meeting on moving to the Oxford County Sheriff's Office for coverage. In response to these requests, Vice Chairman Robert Kirchherr said that one of the four selectmen who voted not to put the question to a vote would have to request a re-vote.
Selectman Gerald Kilgore said he had misunderstood the March 11 vote, and had thought he was voting to put the question to residents at town meeting. Earlier in the meeting, he had expressed support for letting Paris residents decide.
In response to a question about the ability of the Sheriff's Office to enforce town ordinances, Dailey said many town ordinances are covered by similar state laws and that Paris police often choose to enforce the equivalent state laws, anyway.