FRYEBURG, Maine (AP) — A former Maine police
chief was so determined to avoid a public meeting that he risked his job.
Former Fryeburg police Chief Joshua Potvin
's license has been revoked by a law enforcement oversight board after an investigation revealed that Potvin, who had been chief for six years, made up a suspicious person report in order to avoid a meeting of the Fryeburg Board of Selectmen in February 2020.
According to the Maine Criminal Justice Academy
decision, Potvin committed a multi-step fraud that began with him texting one of his officers and asking her to call him out of the meeting, followed by him driving his cruiser to the Fryeburg Fairgrounds
The academy discovered that Potvin used the computer in his cruiser to create a false entry in the department dispatch system claiming that he drove there in response to a report of a suspicious person, and that he also entered a fairground employee's license plate number into the entry.
Potvin's license was revoked by the academy in February, and the investigation's findings were made public this month, according to the Bangor Daily News
Potvin has waived his right to appeal and resigned from Maine law enforcement last year, so the decision prevents him from working in the state again.
The Bangor Daily News reached out to Potvin for comment, but he did not respond.