Mon. Dec 4th, 2023

YORK, Maine — The former police chief who retired Oct. 1 amid unanswered questions received a $50,000 payout under the terms of a severance agreement made public Tuesday, Oct. 12.

Charles Szeniawski, who had been on paid administrative leave since July 21, signed the severance agreement Sept. 15, and Town Manager Steve Burns, who had placed Szeniawski on leave for reasons he has repeatedly declined to specify, signed the agreement Sept. 16. Szeniawski was employed by YPD for 41 years. He was named police chief in 2019.

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The agreement also sets limits on what Szeniawski and town officials can say about each other. The agreement prohibits Szeniawski and the town from discussing or disclosing the agreement to anyone else, unless required by law.

A community discussion on civility took place in September 2019 at York-Ogunquit United Methodist Church. On the panel, from left to right, were Seacoast Media Group Executive Editor Howard Altschiller, York Town Manager Steve Burns, York School Department Superintendent Lou Goscinski, York resident Charlie Black and York Police Department Chief Charles Szeniawski.

The town released the document on Tuesday, Oct. 12, in response to a Maine Freedom of Access Act request, which The York Weekly filed after Burns announced Szeniawski’s retirement. (As previously reported, The York Weekly also received records in response to an earlier FOAA request submitted after Szeniawski was placed on leave.)

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From the town’s perspective, the matter is now closed, Burns said Tuesday. He declined to comment on the details of the agreement, referring instead to the document itself.

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