Kittery police chief and town manager both resign | News
KITTERY, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- It's been a whirlwind in the town of Kittery, after both the chief of police and the town manager handed in their resignations at Monday night's town council meeting.
Both were hired back in January. Town manager, Bob Markel said during the meeting Monday night that he could no longer lead with a group that just wasn't willing to work with him.
He says it all stems back to personnel problems the police department had with their new chief, Paul Callaghan. Markel says the union came to him with complaints and asked him to fire the chief. He says he looked into those complaints, even hired an outside company to investigate, but found nothing worth firing Callaghan over.
Other councilors disagree. They say that investigation cost taxpayers nearly $7-thousand and Markel never showed them the results of it.
Markel's last day as town manager will be on January 24th. Chief Callaghan hasn't decided how long he'll stay.