Fryeburg chief leaves, says he retired

by Tony on April 30, 2014

The town manager of Fryeburg, Maine says Police Chief Phil Weymouth has resigned, but Weymouth says he has actually retired.

Fryeburg town manager Sharon Jackson says Weymouth was put on administrative leave April 17, 2014 and resigned his position as chief Monday April 28, 2014.

Jackson says based on her judgment she appointed Detective Sgt. Josh Potvin as acting police chief the same day Weymouth was put on leave.

Jackson declines to provide details about why Weymouth was put on leave and the former chief hasn’t provided any details so far, either.

Weymouth had been chief of police in Rangeley, Maine before coming to Fryeburg several years ago. One of his priorities in Fryeburg was to get federal grant money to increase patrols and law enforcement on the Saco River during the peak summer months.

Recently he had been talking to Fryeburg residents about an idea to build a public safety building that would house his department, the Fryeburg Fire Dept. and the non-profit Fryeburg Rescue, an organization that is not affiliated with the Fryeburg town government.

Fryeburg selectmen haven’t made any comment on the idea – and Jackson says that’s because Rescue hasn’t presented them with a proposed plan about it.

Potvin has raised the profile of the Fryeburg Police Dept. considerably in recent months, acting as its spokesperson and releasing information about high profile cases, such as the recent arrest of a Fryeburg man suspected of breaking into homes and a business in East Fryeburg.