The chairman of the Farmington Board of Selectman was arrested on the charge of domestic violence assault Monday, according to Franklin County Sheriff Scott Nichols.

Ryan Morgan, 40, was charged with class D domestic violence assault following an investigation that began with a Department of Health and Human Services referral to police, Nichols said. He is also the chairman of the Franklin County Republican Committee.

Morgan did not return a phone call Wednesday seeking comment.

Nichols said the alleged assault is believed to have happened Nov. 6 and involved a person under the age of 14. Detective Ken Charles interviewed Morgan at the sheriff’s department and arrested him Monday evening, the sheriff said.

Nichols said while the alleged assault reportedly occurred in Farmington, it was investigated by the sheriff’s department because the Farmington police are supervised by the selectmen.

Vice Chairman Josh Bell said he had just learned about the matter Wednesday, and he said the impact of the arrest on Morgan’s role on the board will depend on selectmen having more information and on the outcome of the charge.

“It’s all going to depend on what happens. I don’t know enough about the situation to make a judgment about it,” said Bell.

Town Manager Richard Davis said it will be a personal decision whether Morgan will continue in his position as chairman or on the board. He said he doesn’t expect the matter to be taken up formally by the selectmen.

“Any decision-making will be on his part,” said Davis.

Morgan was voted chairman of the board in 2013. Along with serving as a selectman, he has worked on the town’s budget committee and police space committee, according to his biography on the town website. He is owner of RDM Electric in Farmington.

According to the biography, he lives in Farmington with his wife and two children.

After his arrest, Morgan was taken to the Franklin County jail where he posted $250 bail. His next court appearance is scheduled for Tuesday, Nov. 25.

Kaitlin Schroeder — 861-9252

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