(from the
May 2005 Maine Townsman)

Fire Chief James Farrell will leave his post in Augusta this fall. Farrell took the position in June of 2001, five months after the death of former Chief Larry Bradley. Farrell also oversees the city’s ambulance service.

After serving for nearly 20 years on the Bar Harbor Town Council, Ken Smith is not seeking re-election. He served in three separate stints, most recently re-elected in 1999.

The Ashland Town Council voted 4-1 on April 12 against renewing the contract of Town Manager Deborah Carney. The town manager’s job was up for annual review. She has held this job since 2003. Prior to her time as manager, she served as a deputy clerk in the town office for nearly 20 years. Sharon Everett has been appointed interim manager.

Scott Dunn agreed to a paid administrative leave from his position as town manager of Ogunquit. Town Clerk Judy Shaw-Kagiliery has been chosen to serve as acting manager. Dunn has served as town manager since 2002.

Former interim town manager of Wells, Michael Huston, has been named interim town planner there by recently appointed Town Manager Jane Duncan.

Richard Holt was the winner, 123-90, of a run-off election for selectman in Norridgewock on April 26.

In a four-way race, Sandra Knowles was elected selectman in Poland on April 29.

Alonzo Guiggey has been elected to the Sherman Board of Selectmen.

In New Limerick, incumbent Mark Stile ran unopposed for his seat on the board of selectmen.

Gordon Weil was elected to serve as the new chairman of the Harpswell Board of Selectmen.

In Hodgdon, John Benn, Danny Milton and Blaine Lincoln were elected to the board of selectmen.

In a five-way race, John Miller and Jackie Bevins were elected to two seats on the Ogunquit Board of Selectmen.

St. Agatha incumbent Jean Martin ran unopposed for a seat on the board of selectmen.

Former longtime Liberty selectman John Krueger was elected to the seat of third selectman.

Denmark selectman Richard Snow is stepping down after nine years of service.

In Easton, residents elected incumbent David Steele, and Scott Allen to seats on the board of selectmen.

In a three-way race, Ralph Caldwell was elected selectman in Turner by just three votes over his closest challenger.

On April 11, Fort Kent’s new town council held their first meeting, at which time Laurel Daigle was elected chairman of the council.

Running unopposed, Scott Ayotte was elected to the Hamlin Board of Selectmen.

Steuben selectmen voted 4-0, with one abstention, to elect John Brooks, Jr. as chairman of the board.

In a three-person race, Gerald “Gerry” Cormier was re-elected to the Portage Board of Selectmen.

In Bremen, voters elected Wendy Pieh to replace outgoing selectman Olivia Atherton. Selectmen ended a standoff for the choice of the board chair at the April 21 selectmen’s meeting, electing Karl Berger.

In Washburn, incumbents Fred Thomas and Jeff Wark were each re-elected to three-year terms on the town council.

The Town of Boothbay held its annual town meeting on May 2 and reelected A. Ross Edwards and Stephen W. Ham to the board of selectmen.  At the new board’s first meeting, Ross Edwards was named the chairman and Charles Cunningham was selected as vice chairman for next year. 

Former Portland mayor and councilor John O’Leary died April 2.

Former long-time Troy selectman Philip Paton died April 5.

Former Shapleigh selectman Lucille Simpson died April 16.

Former Calais city manager and former Washington County commissioner, Byron Burke died April 16.