Cumberland County Fires Longtime Detective 

A longtime Cumberland County sheriff’s deputy embroiled in a legal dispute with the department has been fired. County Manager Peter Crichton informed 34-year veteran Gerard Brady last week that he no longer has a job. Crichton says Brady has been on leave for more than a year and the union contract allows the county to terminate his job. Brady’s attorney tells The Portland Press Herald, the termination appears to be part of an ongoing campaign against Brady. The decision was made about a week after an arbitrator ruled Brady should be reinstated as a detective. Brady was demoted for what he says in a lawsuit was retaliation. The county said it acted against Brady because he was working on his private business on county time.