06/03/2011

Budget, drug issues force police layoffs in rural Maine

The budget situation this year is the worst local officials have seen

By Nick Sambides Jr.
Bangor Daily News

MILLINOCKET, Maine — Plans to lay off two police officers from a nine-member force in response to the looming devaluation of the closed Katahdin Avenue paper mill will threaten public safety, increase a growing town problem with illegal narcotics and thwart investigative efforts to stop those drugs.

That's what Police Chief Donald Bolduc and Sgt. Jerry Cox, the department's supervisors, told the Town Council during a hearing Thursday on Town Manager Eugene Conlogue's proposed 2011-12 million budget, which would go into effect on July 1.

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