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Mr. Nate Young

Wrong Nate Young?

Police Chief

Bar Harbor

Employment History

  • Police Chief
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According to Bar Harbor Police Chief ..., 6 Nov 2012 [cached]
According to Bar Harbor Police Chief Nathan Young, Bell was driving a 1991 Ford pickup truck on West Street shortly before midnight when police tried to pull him over for driving erratically.
Young said Tuesday he was not sure of the size of the knife Bell allegedly had concealed on his person during his Nov. 2 arrest.
Statement from fired Bar Harbor Police ..., 23 Jan 2014 [cached]
Statement from fired Bar Harbor Police Chief Nate Young
BAR HARBOR, Maine - Nate ..., 6 Dec 2013 [cached]
BAR HARBOR, Maine - Nate Young, the local police chief who was placed on paid administrative leave Oct. 1, said he recently spent 31 days at a rehab facility in Pennsylvania for treatment of alcoholism.
But in interviews this week with the Bangor Daily News, Young insisted that he was not under the influence of alcohol and did nothing wrong in a Sept. 25 incident that led to his being placed on leave by Town Manager Dana Reed. According to Young, he is accused of being drunk when, while he was off-duty, he drove away from police officers in his department who were checking on his well-being.
Young said Wednesday that he is ready, willing and able to get back to work as police chief but that the incident is being unfairly exploited in an attempt to push him out of the job he has held for the past 22 years. He said that based on conversations he has had with Reed, he believes the town manager is getting pressure - he said he was not sure from whom - to use the incident as a reason to fire him.
"I knew I was not going to be treated fairly [when placed on leave]," Young said. "I certainly feel I am being wronged by this process. I deserve to retain my job as police chief."
Reed, citing the confidential nature of personnel matters, has declined to comment on the reasons Young has been placed on leave and did so again on Thursday.
"This system I am going up against is wrong," Young said. "I don't think I have an alternative."
According to Young, twice in the past year Reed has received anonymous letters about Young that have prompted Reed to consider whether information in the letters might warrant action by the town. According to Young, twice in the past year Reed has received anonymous letters about Young that have prompted Reed to consider whether information in the letters might warrant action by the town.
Young declined to say what was alleged in the first letter, which was sent to Reed in May, but said that in the end Reed decided it did not warrant any action by the town.
Nonetheless, Young said, he needed a break from work and took some vacation time off after that first complaint.
The second incident, Young said, came at a time when he was beset with personal problems which he would describe only as family-related. He said he was in his pickup truck parked at a business in the local village of Town Hill on the night of Sept. 25 and contemplating those problems when a passing motorist called police to report that someone appeared to be slumped over the steering wheel of the truck.
Young said two of his officers came to investigate and one got out and approached his truck on foot to check on him. He said his response to the officer, whom he declined to identify, was terse.
"I said, 'I'm fine.' I was in a mood because I had a personal thing I was dealing with," Young said. "I was not drunk. It is not grounds for me being forced out of my job."
Young then drove back home, he said. His brief conversation with the officer was not recorded, he said, and at no point during the exchange did the officer ask him about alcohol. Aside from rumors, he added, the town has no reason to conclude he was intoxicated at the time.
While Young has been on leave, the town's police operations have been overseen first by the department's senior staff and since Nov. 5 by James Willis, the police chief in the neighboring town of Mount Desert.
The town manager should say what is on his mind, Young said.
Young's attorney, Gregg Frame of Portland, declined Friday to comment specifically about the allegations against Young.
Young was with the department for nearly eight years before becoming the chief in 1991.
Young said his drinking worsened after being placed on leave on Oct. 1 and he was urged to seek treatment by a friend. He has not touched a drop, he said, since Oct. 16, the day before he went into rehab. He returned from the treatment facility on Nov. 16, he said.
"My life was becoming unmanageable," Young said, without getting into specifics. "[Getting help] is one of the best decisions I've ever made in my life."
He said he has decided to publicize his situation because his career is at stake. He said he wants to return to his job, despite the controversy and the bad feelings it has caused.
"I feel it is important that everyone knows the situation that I am in," Young said.
The elected boards of the two ... [cached]
The elected boards of the two neighboring towns each voted Monday on an agreement to have Willis serve temporarily as chief of both departments while Nate Young, Bar Harbor's police chief, is unavailable.
Young was placed on administrative leave on Oct. 1, for reasons that have not been disclosed by Bar Harbor officials because of the confidential nature of personnel matters. Young is expected to remain on leave pending the outcome of an investigation being conducted by Jon Goodman, a lawyer and former internal investigator for the Portland Police Department, on behalf of Bar Harbor's legal counsel, law firm Bernstein Shur.
Nathan Young, Bar ..., 19 May 2011 [cached]
Nathan Young, Bar Harbor's police chief, said Wednesday that the Coast Guard and cruise ship lines are required to stage such exercises every so often and that this year they decided to hold one in Bar Harbor and to include local, county and state agencies.
The drill makes sense, Young said, given the amount of cruise ship traffic the town gets each summer. The people who ferry cruise ship passengers to shore and back are usually cruise ship crew members who may not be familiar with the harbor and its depths, he said, and not all the tenders are equipped with radar or sonar.
Young said the last time a cruise-ship-oriented rescue exercise was held in Bar Harbor was at least 10 years ago and focused on evacuating a cruise ship. Wednesday's drill was more about rehearsing how to bring injured people ashore and how to provide them emergency medical treatment, he said.
The police chief said that participating agencies are expected to trade notes over the next several days to critique how well their plans worked.
"It will give us a chance to see where our strengths and our weaknesses are," Young said.
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