Elaine Aloes, Solon Selectboard Chair, was sworn in as MMA President during the Maine Municipal Association’s 86th Annual Convention last week.
In addition to serving her community for nearly three decades, Aloes has served on MMA’s governing board for six years and in 2022, chaired the Association’s Legislative Policy Committee which establishes MMA’s position on state legislation of municipal significance. Prior to acting as its chair, Aloes was an elected member of the policy committee for 21 years.
“When I was first elected to office, I sure didn’t know what I was getting into,” she admitted. “However, I was fortunate to have an experienced selectman on our board who valued MMA and the services and training provided to municipal leaders.” In her acceptance speech, Aloes went on to praise the numerous municipal officials who volunteer to serve on the Association and affiliate groups’ committees, noting that “each of us is what makes our towns, MMA, and the State great.
Jim Bennett, MMA President and Biddeford City Manager, commended Aloes for her work and support. “While different experiences drive our interest in local government, Elaine and I share a common passion for municipal government service, dedication to our communities, and respect for municipal employees and volunteers.”
When first elected to municipal office, Aloes pledged to serve her community to the best of her abilities, and it is for this reason that enhancing access to training, information, and resources is her top priority in 2023.
“I believe the training MMA and affiliates do is so important to all of us. Small rural towns usually have only one or two people working in their town office. They often hold multiple positions and have no one in the office they can learn from on how to do their job correctly. And if their jobs are not done correctly, it can be costly to the town. The more training opportunities there are, the better it is for us.”
Aloes’ term will run from January 1 to December 31, 2023.
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