BIDDEFORD — The vice chairwoman of the Buxton Board of Selectmen has pleaded not guilty to assaulting the town’s solid waste manager.

Selectwoman Jean Harmon, 56, was issued a summons on Nov. 8 by Saco police that accused her of assaulting Solid Waste Manager Gregory Heffernan on Town Hall property on Oct. 3, court documents show.

Buxton police asked Saco police to investigate the incident to eliminate any potential conflict of interest, Saco Deputy Police Chief Jack Clements said.

Harmon waived an arraignment scheduled for Jan. 9 at Biddeford District Court and entered a not-guilty plea through her attorney Michael Ayotte in a letter to the court dated Jan. 2.

Harmon’s plea was entered in the court system on Jan. 4. She is scheduled to appear in court on March 5 for a dispositional conference, according to court records.

Harmon has not responded to requests for comment.

Heffernan told the American Journal last month that under the advice of his lawyer he was not allowed to talk about the incident.

Harmon remains on the select board, a position she has held for 16 years. Her term ends in June 2020.

Buxton is a rural community with about 8,300 residents, according to the 2017 census. It is governed by five elected select board members and does not have a town manager.

According to the Buxton Town Charter, a member of the Board of Selectmen must forfeit their seat if they are convicted of “a crime or offense punishable by a term of imprisonment for more than six months.”

Assault is a Class D crime, punishable by up to 364 days incarceration and a $2,000 fine.

Liz Gotthelf can be contacted at 780-9015 or at:

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