RANGELEY — The town is seeking an interim police chief following the resignation of Chief Russell French on Feb. 13, Town Manager Joe Roach said Thursday.

That leaves Sgt. Jared Austin as the only full-time officer.

French, a veteran police officer, was hired in January 2016.

The Budget Committee and the Select Board are comparing coverage options, Roach said.

Town representatives are comparing services, including with the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office. No decisions have been made.

The Budget Committee is developing a budget, which will go to selectmen next.


The Sheriff’s Office helps Rangeley when no local officer is on duty, Roach said. It is a default mechanism. The sheriff’s administration is notified when there will be no local officer will be on duty.

Roach said he and Austin are looking at call volumes to make sure adequate coverage is provided.

The advertisement for an interim chief is on the town website and was sent to the Maine Chiefs of Police Association to be sent out from there, he said.

The interim position will require a minimum of 16 hours or two days per week, and could be up to 40 hours, depending on the availability of the selected candidate.

Applications are due March 8.

The town has about 1,200 year-round residents and a larger seasonal population, according to the advertisement.

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