PARIS – An Oxford County employee and former sheriff’s deputy has been placed on administrative leave following his early morning arrest Thursday.

County administrator Carole Fulton said James P. Miclon, director of the Oxford County Regional Communications Center, will be on paid leave for an unspecified time.

Miclon, 49, was arrested shortly after midnight Thursday and charged with domestic assault after an altercation involving himself, his wife and her 17-year-old daughter at their home on Curtis Hill Road in Woodstock, Maine State Police Trooper Paul Casey said. The teenage girl was assaulted, the investigator said Friday evening.

County commissioners David Duguay of Byron, Caldwell Jackson of Oxford and Steve Merrill of Norway made the decision about Miclon’s leave Friday morning after a 50-minute executive session. Labor consultant Annalee Rosenblatt also attended the meeting.

Fulton said the leave will not run for a specific amount of time, but the commissioners will revisit the issue at their meeting Sept. 16.

Steve Cordwell, a dispatcher at the communications center and lieutenant in the Oxford Fire Department, will fill in for Miclon during his absence.

Maine State Police were called to Miclon’s residence around 7 p.m. Wednesday and determined that an altercation had taken place. Miclon was arrested shortly after midnight on Thursday at the dispatch center on Western Avenue in Paris and released on $500 unsecured bail 45 minutes later, state police said. He is not to return home and is not to have any contact with either his wife or his stepdaughter, Casey said.

Lt. Walter Grzyb of the State Police said there were no injuries that required medical attention as a result of the incident and that alcohol was not involved. Details of the altercation were not being released before Miclon’s arraignment Sept. 11 in a Paris court, state police said.

Miclon has no criminal history or traffic violations, according to court records.

In 1978, Miclon began working in the Oxford County Sheriff’s Office, where he was a dispatcher, patrol deputy and criminal investigator. He became director of the communications center in 2006.

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