AUGUSTA — The state will pay Maine Capitol Police Chief Russell Gauvin more than $87,000 to retire as part of an agreement announced Friday afternoon.
The Maine Department of Public Safety Department statement said the 41-year law enforcement veteran has been on paid administrative leave since Jan. 19.
He was placed on leave following the revelations of Gauvin’s Facebook posts, which mocked mask mandates, questioned the presidential election results, and supported a police officer who called for violence against Black Lives Matter protesters.
Gauvin did issue an apology in which he acknowledged the posts “can be seen as inconsistent with my professional responsibilities.”
As part of the separation agreement, the state will tell prospective future employers Gauvin retired in good standing.
Gauvin was appointed to lead the capitol police by former Gov. John Baldacci in 2006.
Gauvin issued a response to the state’s announcement about his retirement.
“We are now in an era where some people are disfavored and even ridiculed by others because they have a different opinion,” he said. “Partisan politics must be removed from law enforcement in order that law enforcement professionals may once again focus on doing what is right, not what is politically correct.”