(from the
January 2005 Maine Townsman)

Scott Pullen has been hired as the new town manager in Levant. Pullen, a former selectman, replaces Derik Goodine who is now town manager in Naples. He began his new duties on January 1. The new town manager has been hired to work part-time – 20 hours per week – without benefits at an annual salary of $20,000.

Michael Huston, Lincoln County manager, has resigned effective January 31. Huston was hired in the summer of 2004 as the county’s first manager. He has served as a municipal manager in Oxford and Hallowell.

Long-time Waldo County Commissioner Jethro Pease was honored by county employees and colleagues in December. Pease did not seek reelection to the county commissioner post this year. Pease is also a long-time fire chief in his hometown of Morrill.

The town of Hope is sharing its bookkeeper with the town of Rockport while Rockport’s Finance Director Pat Small is recovering from heart surgery. Over the next three months, Mary Cooke will work one day a week for Rockport while continuing her duties as bookkeeper in Hope. She has 25 years of accounting experience.

Cameron Martin has been appointed fire chief in Falmouth. Martin was the assistant fire chief in Auburn at the time he was hired. He replaces Jim Robertson, who retired in mid-December after serving 17 years as Falmouth’s chief.

Jonathan Carter, Wells town manager for the past 16 years, has accepted the town manager job in Kittery. Carter replaces Peter Jankowski who spent only about six months in the job. Carter plans to finish up in Wells on February 19.

Willard “Bill” Waterman, New Gloucester public works director for the past 10 years and an employee with the highway department for nearly 29 years, retired on November 30. He was feted with a retirement party, in combination with the town’s Christmas party, on December 10.

Former State Senator Stephen Stanley of Medway has been appointed by Governor Baldacci to a vacant county commissioner position in Penobscot County. Stanley replaces Dick Blanchard of Old Town who left the commissioner’s post to run for the legislature.

South Portland Public Works Director Steven Johnson resigned effective at the end of 2004. The city’s director of parks and recreation, Dana Anderson, has been asked to oversee the public works department while the city recruits a new director.

Long-time Kennebunk Selectman David Shields Sr., 66, died on December 20. Shields is survived by his wife Sondra, and four sons, David Jr., Gregory, Dean, and Steven and daughter, Kacey. Shields served on the Kennebunk Board of Selectmen for over 28 years. He also had a long tenure as a volunteer with the Kennebunk Fire Department.