MATTAWAMKEAG, Maine (NEWS CENTER) --- Two town officials have been placed on leave while state police investigate a possible misuse of the town's funds.
Mattawamkeag's select board decided to relieve fire chief Robert Powers of his duties about two weeks ago. His wife and deputy chief Lynne Powers has also been placed on administrative leave. This came after, officials say, a vendor for the town noticed some questionable purchases made by the town's fire department.
Town officials did not offer much comment on those purchases on Wednesday. They did say they appeared to be for personal reasons and did not benefit the fire department. Longtime firefighter Michael Coons has taken over as Mattawmkeag's chief for the time being.