(from the
June 2005 Maine Townsman)

James Spiller , chairman of the Wells Board of Selectmen, has been elected to a second term over two challengers.

Selectmen in Ogunquit have accepted the decision of Town Manager Scott Dunn not to seek or accept renewal of his contract on June 30. Dunn has been on administrative leave since April 20. Selectmen have appointed Town Clerk Judy Shaw-Kagiliery as interim town manager and former selectman Phil Clark has been asked to help her with those additional duties.

In a special election, Elwood Doody was elected to a two-year term on the Perham Board of Selectmen to complete the term of Francis Collins, Jr., who resigned prior to the annual meeting for personal and medical reasons.

Kennebunk Selectman Kelly Wentworth is stepping down from the board after six years of service.

In a close election in Phippsburg, Everett Perkins won a three-way race for selectman by a single vote over his closest competitor.

In Auburn, Laurie Smith has been officially promoted to assistant city manager. Smith has been with Auburn since 1999. She has served as community relations manager and as the acting finance director. Prior to coming to Auburn, she was town manager in Boothbay Harbor and Oxford.

In Waterboro, incumbent Road Commissioner David Benton lost a three-person race to former commissioner Fred Fay by just 11 votes. Benton requested a recount of ballots.

Rhonda Irish is Minot’s new town administrator. Irish most recently has worked as the recycling and solid waste coordinator for the town of Jay.

Developer and former second congressional district candidate Brian N. Hamel is taking on the development of the Town of Madison’s business park.

After 2 ½ years service, Town Manager David Peppard is resigning from his position in Richmond.

In Sebago, incumbent Robert Irish, Jr. won re-election as selectman, and Jeff Harriman was elected to the board for his first term.

Washburn Town Manager Jim Gardner resigned his post the week of May 16 after accepting a three-year contract to serve as town manager of Ashland. Deborah Carney, who has been the town manager, returned to her former job on May 19 as the town’s office clerk.

In Edgecomb, incumbent Selectman Joanna Cameron was elected 58-34 to a three-year term.

Katherine Thurston and Heath Higgins were elected to two seats on the board of selectmen in Tremont on May 10.

Longtime Bar Harbor Councilor Matt Horton will step down from service on the council, with less than a year of his term remaining. He was first elected in 1998. Prior to his service on the council, Horton served three years on the warrant committee. He has been a volunteer firefighter for more than 10 years, and will continue in that capacity.

Biddeford’s Rick Plummer has resigned from his position of fire chief, with plans to take over as fire chief in Cocoa, Florida.

Longtime moderator of Farmington town meetings, Gwilym Roberts died May 10.

Former Manchester fire chief for 38 years and chairman of the board of selectmen, Rance Knowles died May 29.

Longtime Baileyville councilor Frank “Doug” Jones died in March. The councilors voted to dedicate the town office to Jones. A June dedication ceremony is planned.