A police officer in Windham, who was put on paid leave while the department investigated his efforts to keep the town’s local dispatch service, is “no longer with the police department,” said Town Manager Tony Plante. 

Sgt. Michael Denbow was put on paid leave on June 3 after he accused a town councilor of being biased in a vote to eliminate the town’s dispatch service and contract with the regional dispatch center.

Denbow was suspected of using police time and resources to check into whether Council Chairman William Tracy should have bowed out of the vote. Tracy is a senior business officer for Gorham Savings Bank in Windham, which has financial ties to Cumberland County’s dispatch operation.

Plante said as of today, Denbow was no longer employed by the town of Windham. He declined to say whether Denbow resigned. He has been a police officer in Windham for 29 years. Windham Police Chief Richard Lewsen declined to disclose the findings of its investigation.

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