(from the
October 2005 Maine Townsman)

Bath City Manager John Bubier is now city manager in Biddeford. A long-time professional town manager, Bubier has identified reviving Biddeford’s downtown and generating economic development there as his two top goals.

Kennebunkport has hired Daniel Brock of Salem, Mass. as its fire chief. Brock will become the town’s first chief to manage all four fire service departments in town. The consolidation of the departments under one chief was the result of a reorganization effort approved by voters in June.

On August 16, the Wells Board of Selectmen appointed Michael Huston, town planner. He had been serving as interim manager. Huston is a former town manager in Oxford and city manager in Hallowell.

Baileyville Police Chief Phil Harriman has been named president of the Maine Chiefs of Police Association. Harriman has served as a police officer since 1983, and chief for over ten years. He has been a member of the association since 1995.

Carl Pease , a town councilor in Hampden, was recently appointed town manager of Windsor, filling the position left vacant by Mary Sabins.

Mary Ann Conroy is the new public works director in Old Orchard Beach.

Ogunquit selectmen appointed interim town manager Phil Clark as town manager on August 23. Clark has accepted a one-year contract.

In a four-way race in Swanville, Brian Thompson was elected selectman September 13, filling the seat vacated by Roberta Herbest, who resigned in August.

John Bannon is the new Director of Economic and Community Development in Fort Kent.

Knox County government has hired Jane White Desaulniers of Rockland as its first chief administrator. The position was created last November after voters approved a new county charter. Desaulniers has been human resources manager at The Home Depot since February 2004.

Former Mexico Town Manager Joseph Derouche was named Mexico Citizen of the Year for 2005 on September 20.

After more than 18 years of service in Rockland as assessor, Marian Robinson has retired.

A 35-year veteran of the Biddeford Fire Department, Robert Fournier was appointed fire chief by the city council on August 16.

After 15 years as a planner in Brunswick, Phil Carey is leaving for a senior planner position at the State Planning Office.

Former Brunswick town councilor and long-time Bath city assessor, Michael Austin died on August 10. Mike Austin was well-known in municipal assessing circles inside and outside of Maine. In Maine, he worked more than 35 years in the municipal assessing field. In the early 1990s, Austin served as president of the International Association of Assessing Officers (IAAO). He was very active in the Maine Chapter of IAAO having served as secretary and newsletter editor for the group for many years..

Former Sanford selectman C. Scott Hoar died on September 2. Scott was a long-time member of MMA’s Legislative Policy Committee.

Former Houlton Town Councilor Floyd Haskell died on September 15.

Presque Isle City Councilor Bob Poiesz died on September 8.