- Associated Press - Tuesday, August 9, 2016

OGUNQUIT, Maine (AP) - A Maine town manager has been placed on administrative leave after being accused of illegally charging for parking at a free municipal lot during Ogunquit’s Fourth of July fireworks display.

Tom Fortier was charged with theft by unauthorized taking or transfer and official oppression on Friday by the Wells Police Department. Ogunquit police turned the investigation over to Wells to avoid a potential conflict of interest.

Wells Police Chief Jo-ann Putnam says Fortier directed Ogunquit employees to charge for parking in the municipal lot and then pocketed the cash himself. Putnam declined to state the amount of money Fortier allegedly took.

Barbara Dailey, chairwoman of the Ogunquit Board of Selectmen, says Fire Chief Mark O’Brien will serve as interim town manager.

An attempt to reach Fortier for comment wasn’t returned.

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