SEARSPORT — Searsport Fire Chief Andrew Webster, 51, of Monroe, was summoned June 30 for receiving stolen Barney Hose Company property or funds, according to Police Chief Todd Boisvert.

Barney Hose Company is an organization that supports the Fire Department and its members with equipment and other expenses.

The chief had been on suspension pending the results of an investigation, Town Manager James Gillway previously told the Republican Journal. Attempts to reach Gillway about the summons today were unsuccessful.

Webster told The Republican Journal on June 28 that the investigation had nothing to do with him. “It does but it doesn’t,” he said. He said he expected to be reinstated as chief after the investigation was complete.

Barney Hose Company is a historic engine company in town, named for W.O. Barney. He was a machinist and iron founder associated with area volunteer fire engines in the 19th century, according to excerpts from the town’s 150th anniversary book. Attempts to reach Barney Hose Company representatives have been unsuccessful.

Gillway said the Select Board would hold an executive session on the matter on Tuesday, July 5. Barney Hose Company is not a town organization.

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