Lawmakers moving cautiously on calls for inquiry into Maine Warden Service
Legislative leaders are moving cautiously on calls by their members for a formal inquiry into allegations of misconduct by the Maine Warden Service in undercover operations in both Aroostook and York counties.
Republican and Democratic leaders say they first want feedback from the chairman of the legislative committee that oversees the warden service, Sen. Paul T. Davis, R-Sangerville. He is scheduled to meet with Chandler Woodcock, commissioner of the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, on Monday.
Spokesmen for House Speaker Mark Eves, D-North Berwick, and Senate President Michael Thibodeau, R-Winterport, said they are taking a wait-and-see approach before calling to reconvene a committee of the Legislature, which is currently adjourned, to conduct any formal inquiry.
Their responses came after the warden service disputed investigative reports this week by the Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram that found a pattern of controversial practices during undercover operations in York and Aroostook counties in recent years and in Oxford County more than a decade ago.