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MILO, Maine (NEWS CENTER)-- Former Milo town manager and former treasurer of the Three Rivers Kiwanis Club, Jeff Gahagan is under investigation by Piscataquis County Sheriff's Department.

Authorities said, about $45,000 went missing from the Three Rivers Kiwanis Club while Gahagan served as treasurer.

Piscataquis County Sheriff John Goggin and Lt. Bob Young confirmed the investigation. They said one piece of evidence is the letter of resignation that Gahagan sent to the Kiwanis Clubwhich allegedly addresses the missing money.

Piscataquis County District Attorney Chris Almy said the investigation is in its early stages and it will take some time to complete.

"We don't want to jump to any conclusions until we know exactly what happened. (Be)cause it is a serious matter and we need to be careful and deliberate and fair evaluating all the facts and circumstances that surround this whole situation," Almy said.

Milo Chief of Police Damien Pickel said the town selectmen and department heads will handle Gahagan's duties until a replacement can be found.

"It's still the same town that it was. Jeff had enough confidence in his department heads to run their departments that he didn't have to micromanage it," Pickel said.

Pickel also said that Gahagan resigned last Friday and in a letter Gahagan stated he was stepping down due to health reasons.

On Tuesday evening at 6:30 the selectmen will hold their usual meeting and Pickel said finding an interim town manager will be one of the topics at the meeting.

We tried to reach Gahagan today, but we were unable to get in touch with him.

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