FRYEBURG — A law enforcement oversight board decided to revoke the license of a former Maine police chief after an investigation found that he created a false police report to get out of a meeting.

Former Fryeburg Police Chief Joshua Potvin

The Maine Criminal Justice Academy voted in February to take away former Fryeburg Police Chief Joshua Potvin’s license. The details of the investigation then became public this month, the Bangor Daily News reported.

Potvin has waived his right of appeal. The decision bars him from working in Maine law enforcement again. He resigned last year.

Investigators found Potvin filed the false report after leaving a February 2020 Fryeburg Board of Selectmen meeting. The academy’s decision said Potvin texted one of his officers and asked her to call him out of the meeting. Potvin then drove his cruiser to the Fryeburg Fairgrounds.

The academy found that Potvin used the computer in his cruiser to create a false entry in the department dispatch system that said he drove there in response to a report of a suspicious person. He also entered a fairground employee’s license plate number into the entry.

Potvin did not respond to a request for comment from the Bangor Daily News.

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