PARIS – The director of the Oxford County Regional Communications Center – a former sheriff’s deputy – was arrested shortly after midnight Thursday and charged with domestic assault.

James Patrick Miclon, 49, of Curtis Hill Road in Woodstock, was released from the Oxford County Jail on $500 unsecured bail about 45 minutes after he was booked.

Lt. Walter Grzyb of the Maine State Police said in an e-mail that police were called to Miclon’s home around 7 p.m. Wednesday. Grzyb said Detective Terrance James and Trooper Paul Casey responded and determined that an altercation had taken place between Miclon, his wife, and her 17-year-old daughter.

Gryzb said there were no injuries that required medical attention and alcohol was not involved. Miclon was arrested without incident at the communications center in Paris, which dispatches emergency calls for the county.

Carole Fulton, the county administrator, said the dispatch center is under the jurisdiction of the county commissioners’ office. An executive session will be held Friday between the commissioners and their labor consultant to determine if any disciplinary action will be taken against Miclon.

Miclon has no criminal record and no record of driving violations, according to court records.

According to Sun Journal archives, Miclon began working for the Oxford County Sheriff’s Office in 1978 and became an investigator of serious crimes. He became director of the communications center in 2006.

Miclon told the Sun Journal in 2005 that he was considering running for the Democratic nomination for sheriff in the 2006 race, but decided against it.

Miclon deferred comment to attorney Alan Perry. Attempts to reach Perry were unsuccessful Thursday.

According to the jail booking sheets, Miclon is scheduled to appear in South Paris District Court on Sept. 11.


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