(from the June 2009 Maine Townsman)
Former Newcastle Selectman Neil Campbell, who has worked for the past 15 years as the town’s code enforcement officer, resigned in May and was replaced by Stanley Waltz, the town’s substitute CEO. Campbell served as selectman for 20 years before taking the code enforcement job. He plans to continue working as CEO for the towns of Damariscotta and Jefferson.
Gardiner councilors voted unanimously in May to hire Richard “Rick” Cody as fire chief. Cody had worked as interim chief since the retirement of Fire Chief Mark Kimball in February.
Gardiner Public Library Director Anne Davis has been named interim manager, replacing Jeffrey Kobrock, who resigned effective May 29. In addition to her library and information services work, Davis is the city’s technology coordinator. She has served as interim manager in the past and has worked for the municipality in many roles over nearly 20 years. Kobrock could not reach agreement with the city council on a new job contract.
Jack Roberts, South Portland director of public welfare, has retired. A past president of the Maine Welfare Directors Association, Roberts had a long and distinguished municipal career spanning over 35 years in South Portland. Throughout his career, Roberts has been active in a number of social service and civic organizations.
Former Rumford Town Manager James Doar, 31, has been hired as Bethel town manager effective June 15. Doar replaces Scott Cole, whose contract was not renewed after serving in the position since 1999. Doar worked previously in the states of Florida and New York before taking the Rumford job in 2007. A northern Maine native, Doar did not seek a contract extension in Rumford and worked for the paper mill NewPage in Rumford until accepting the position in nearby Bethel.
Farmington Selectman Steve Bunker has been named “Trainer of the Year” by the Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials (APCO) International. Bunker works for state’s Emergency Services Communications Bureau. Bunker’s award and five others will be presented at APCO International’s 75th Annual Conference on August 17 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Yarmouth officials have welcomed Vanessa Farr as the town’s new director of planning and development. Farr, who replaces Dawn Emerson, worked most recently as a planner for the town of Somerset, Massachusetts.
The Bucksport Town Council named Detective Sgt. Sean Geagan the town’s new police chief last month, after the 20-year department veteran worked as acting chief since last December. Geagan was among 30 candidates for the job and was one of four finalists selected by a search committee for an interview. Geagan, who was promoted to detective in 2001, replaces Douglas Gray, who has retired.
North Yarmouth selectmen have named Deborah Grover interim administrative assistant until they find a permanent replacement for Scott Tilton, who left June 5 to start a new job in the state of Washington. Grover, presently town office manager, has worked for the town for 26 years. She did not apply for the AA job. Selectmen have selected five candidates to interview.
Former Bar Harbor planner Kris Hultgren started his duties as Brunswick town planner in late May, replacing James Fortune, who resigned earlier in the year. Hultgren, 32, said he was attracted to the job for two main reasons: the town’s proximity to the city of Portland, and the challenges he will confront with the impending closure of the Brunswick Naval Air Station.
Francis Hunt has been named the new harbor master for the town of Boothbay Harbor, replacing Michael DeSisto, who resigned in March. Hunt, of Massachusetts, has been a summer resident of the harbor community. Hunt is a former U.S. Coast Guard lieutenant commander and Navy veteran.
Former Kittery Councilor Stephen Huntress is recovering from injuries after being beaten and found unconscious on a street in nearby Portsmouth, New Hampshire. Two U.S. Navy men have been charged with the assault. Huntress, 48, sustained a skull fracture, among other serious injuries, and doctors are still unsure about permanent brain damage.
Albion selectmen have named Rick Lawrence as the town’s first administrative assistant. A Benton resident, Lawrence will work one day a week to help selectmen keep up with their duties.
Biddeford firefighter Roger LeMay retired last month after 37 years with the department. He was driven home in a fire truck and was feted by his peers on his final day of work.
East Millinocket Assistant Fire Chief John Miner resigned his appointed post in early June, but will remain a full-time firefighter in the department. Miner has worked for the department for nearly 30 years.
Mark Winer resigned as Union town manager for personal reasons effective June 5, after 11 months on the job. State Senator Christine Savage will serve as interim town manager while selectmen seek a replacement. Savage, a Union resident, has filled in as manager previously and is a former manager of the town of Warren.
Milo acting police chief, Sgt. Terry Smith, resigned in May to accept a police job in Maryland, where his family lives.