BAR HARBOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- After a six hour hearing, the Bar Harbor Town Council upheld the firing of Police Chief Nate Young Wednesday. Town Manager Dana Reed fired Young after alleged issues with alcohol. Young took his bid for reinstatement to a public hearing.
An outside investigator reported that Young was intoxicated when he was found drunk slumped over the wheel of his truck last September. Young insists he was not drunk, but witness testimony and the investigator's report proved otherwise. At Thursday's public hearing, the council voted 5-2 to uphold his firing.
"It's not a happy occasion that brings us here so there was not going to be an outcome that's happy for either side. Obviously the town council voted based on the evidence they heard and upheld the town manager's decision to terminate the police chief. We'll move on from here," said Susan Driscoll.
"He was darned by the town manager for not apologizing after that night and, as he said, 'part of my recovery is take responsibility for my actions but I'm not going to taker responsibility for actions I didn't do,'" said Young's attorney Gregg Frame, quoting Young.
Frame says they have 30 days to file an appeal.