Brierley resigns as selectman; Ames reappointed fire chief

By Fran Gonzalez | Mar 26, 2020
Photo by: Fran Gonzalez Bruce Brierley at the 2019 town meeting. The 83-year-old former selectman said he resigned March 24 because of a personal matter.

Searsmont — After 34 years of working for the town of Searsmont, Selectman Bruce Brierley has stepped down.

At the Tuesday board meeting he presented a handwritten letter of resignation to selectmen, saying only “effective 3/24/2020.”

In a telephone interview with The Republican Journal Thursday, the 83-year-old Brierley said “I couldn’t take it anymore.”  He went on to say his decision to resign was based on a personal issue he had with another selectman, adding that he has been losing sleep over it.

According to Brierley, he had a confrontation with first-term Selectman David Marceau that ended with Brierley walking away.

Brierley said he first started working for the town in 1986 serving on the Planning Board, and was elected selectman in 1989. “I was going to be done next year,” Brierley said, but decided recently that he had had enough. He confessed to being worried about how the Town Office would fare after his departure.

“I’m pretty lucky,” Brierley said, “I’m pretty healthy. I’ve been an outdoor person all my life.” He added, “You got to keep busy.”

Town Clerk Kathy Hoey said, “I’ve worked with Bruce in the Town Office since 2004, and it’s always been a pleasure.

“The staff in the Town Office will miss him, but there comes a time for all of us when we need to do what is in our own best interest.  He’s given many good years to the town of Searsmont.”

Attempts to reach Marceau for comment were unsuccessful.

At a March 24 selectmen's meeting, James Ames was reappointed Searsmont fire chief and Tracy Harford resigned as interim chief.

Harford said in his resignation letter that he had served 14 years with the Fire Department in multiple positions. In a phone interview with the Journal, Harford said he had been a firefighter since 1989, and that he currently still works as a firefighter for the town of Camden.

Ames resigned as fire chief in 2019, Harford said, after “putting us in a bad position”; he added that he did not agree with Ames' reappointment.

After Kyle Cox resigned as fire chief on Dec. 10, 2019, Ames said, selectmen appointed Tracy Harford until "they could figure our what they wanted to do."

Ames said he was glad to be back as fire chief and looked forward to "getting things straightened out to the way they use to be."


Comments (1)
Posted by: Philip Clark | Mar 27, 2020 08:54

you did well, bruuce, I been watchin you for years................Phil clark

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