Maine Police Chief Faked a Police Report to Get Out of a Meeting

A former police chief in Fryeburg, Maine, lost his certification this month following an investigation that found he falsified a police report in order to leave a meeting.

Joshua Potvin's license was revoked by the Maine Criminal Justice Academy's Board of Trustees in February following his administrative leave and eventual resignation during the summer of 2020, the Bangor Daily News reported.

The academy released its decision publicly after Potvin waived an appeal. In a written report, the academy said it found that in February 2020, Potvin texted one of his officers to call him out of a public meeting of the Fryeburg Board of Selectmen, a body overseeing the town's administrative and executive powers.

Potvin then drove to the Fryeburg Fairground to meet the officer and used the computer inside his vehicle to create a false entry to justify his absence, claiming that he was responding to a suspicious person report.

Four of Potvin's subordinate officers subsequently filed a complaint with the Teamsters Union Local 340 in March 2020. Following the complaint, Potvin was placed on administrative leave for two months before resigning in July of that year, the Bangor Daily News reported.

The academy's findings concluded that Potvin committed a misdemeanor by falsifying a public record.

Neither the Teamsters, the Maine Criminal Justice Academy nor Potvin could not be reached by Newsweek for immediate comment.

The municipality of Fryeburg paid $10,000 for an external investigation in April and May 2020 of Potvin, prior to him being placed on administrative leave. The union also contacted external consultants for an investigation.

Potvin, who assumed his position in 2014, resigned before he could be officially disciplined. The former chief of the Fryeburg Police Department is no longer permitted to act in any law enforcement capacity in the state of Maine.

On whether Potvin resigned to avoid discipline, his attorney Jonathan Goodman told the Bangor Daily News last year: "I don't know if I can answer that. ... I want to answer your question but respect everybody's privacy. He was not disciplined or threatened that, 'Well, this is what's going to happen if you don't retire.'"

According to public documents, the news outlet reported, Potvin, while still police chief, had lied to a Maine State Police trooper during a criminal investigation in 2018. The local district attorney concluded that Potvin impaired his ability to testify as a credible witness in court.

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