Mexico Police Chief Roy Hodsdon, left, introduces Nick Young, right, to selectmen Tuesday evening. The board voted unanimously to hire Young as a reserve officer. (Bruce Farrin/Rumford Falls Times)

MEXICO — The Board of Selectmen voted unanimously Tuesday to hire Nick Young of Carthage as a reserve police officer.

A 2013 graduate of Dirigo High School in Dixfield, Young completed the Maine Criminal Justice program at Husson University in Bangor this month.

Police Chief Roy Hodsdon said he would eventually like to hire Young as a full-time officer, perhaps recommending him for a full-time position in August. In the meantime, he would like to provide him with four weeks of field training to see if “he’s a fit for us and we’re a fit for him.”

Hodsdon said he has been trying to fill the vacant, fifth officer position for close to a year.

If Young does become a full-time officer, he would have to attend the Maine Criminal Justice Academy within a year of being hired. The cost is about $4,500, Hodsdon said.

The cost of covering Young’s shifts while at the academy would not be covered by the 2018-19 municipal budget, the chief said.