Darrel Fournier, who has resigned his part-time position from Paul Davis Restoration, said Monday that the position posed no conflict of interest with his duties as Freeport fire chief.

Paul Davis Restoration, a national franchise with an office in Portland, provides emergency services and restoration work on properties damaged by fire and other disasters. Fournier acknowledged that the company was on scene following a fire that destroyed a Freeport duplex on Unity Lane on Dec. 20.

“All fire restoration companies monitor fire departments in their service areas,” Fournier said. “These restoration companies respond to the scene.”

Fournier, 58, said he had planned to retire from the part-time job, which he does two days a month.

“I’m having surgery to replace a shoulder at the end of January,” he said. “I was going to be done with Paul Davis at that time anyway. We had an agreement that I was going to be done with them at that point.”

Fournier is on the board of directors of the Maine Fire Chiefs’ Association. He said his goal with Paul Davis Restoration was to “educate the chiefs on what these companies offer.”

There was no word Monday if town officials had any issues with Fournier’s former job.

Town Manager Peter Joseph said that he could not say if members of the Town Council or the public have expressed concerns regarding a possible conflict of interest.

“I can’t comment on a personnel matter,” Joseph said.

The duplex is owned by Freeport Housing Trust. Calls for comments from Jim Hatch, executive director of Freeport Housing Trust, were not returned as of the Tri-Town Weekly publication time Monday.


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