By Daymond Steer
JACKSON — Jackson selectmen announced early Tuesday that Chief of Police Douglas Jette has resigned and that his second-in-command, Officer Andrew Koplin, has been placed on paid administrative leave. With Officer Lauren Orsini recently resigning, that leaves only Officer Ryan McDonald on duty there.
Meanwhile, down in Tamworth, Police Chief Penny Colby is apparently no longer with that department. Tamworth Officer Greg Cooper said he's now the only officer at the department, which had three officers at the start of the year (see related story on page 8).
The circumstances surrounding Jette's departure were kept under wraps by selectmen, who cited privacy laws.
But the July 28 Jackson selectmen's meeting, the board revealed that Orsini had resigned weeks after being promoted. Orsini had been the police prosecutor and animal control officer.
Selectmen said the Carroll County Sheriff's Office would investigate Jette.
About 20 people showed up at the Jackson town office Tuesday for a 7:30 a.m. meeting to hear selectmen's latest revelations about the beleaguered department.
"We convened this meeting primarily to share with you that former Chief Jette has resigned from his position," said Selectmen's Chair Bob Thompson at the outset of the meeting. "His resignation is effective now, and we will move forward to conduct a search for a replacement chief in short order."
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