MILLINOCKET — A union representative for the Millinocket Police Department on Monday released a 40-page internal affairs investigative report done by the Ridgefield, Connecticut police department into then Lt. Craig Worster.
“This is mostly surrounding sexual harassment which [is] violence in the workplace, female officers feeling uncomfortable,” said Lorne Smith of Teamsters Local 340, the union representing Millinocket police.
Worster is now police chief in Millinocket and is under investigation again for harassment in the workplace.
Deputy Police Chief Janet Theriault filed an 85-page complaint against Worster and has been out of work since February.
Worster worked at the police department in Ridgefield for 18 years.
“There was a couple anonymous letters, which triggered the investigation, which talked about his being a bully, treating certain officers better than others … and the HR agent had said none of these officers wanted to take part in this because of that. Wow, that’s exactly the story in Millinocket,” Smith said.
The union rep said in the year that Worster has led the Maine department, nine of the 10 officers have left.
“Any reasonable person, after you read through this and look at it, would conclude he’s created a hostile and abusive behavior,” Smith said.
The reports lists several instances during which Worster made female officers feel uncomfortable
Ridgefield police Maj. Stephen Brown conducted the investigation.
“He sums it up very nicely that (Worster’s) consistent and persistent comments made it feel like a hostile work environment, persuasive behaviors changed the attitudes and Worster’s inappropriateness has been consistent,” Smith said.
Smith sent the report to the town manager and town council members.
“If after looking at this that they don’t place the chief on administrative leave until we get this sorted out, I can’t imagine that’s anything but a huge liability for them,” Smith said.