(from the August/September 2009 Maine Townsman)

Brunswick councilors have chosen acting Town Manager Gary Brown to fill the job permanently after an exhaustive 11-month hiring process to find a replacement for Donald Gerrish. Brown was one of two finalists the for job, the second being Auburn Assistant City Manager Laurie Smith.

Charles Curtis Sr. was honored in late June by Cherryfield residents and town staff for 40 years of service as fire chief. The town’s fire and rescue facility will be named in his honor. His son, Charles Jr., will succeed him as chief.

Union selectmen have named Jay Feyler, 51, as the town’s new manager from a field of 24 candidates. Feyler, a Union resident for three decades, has served as selectman and school board member, as well as a member of the budget committee, the regional solid waste governing board, and the town’s appeals board. Feyler, a self-employed fundraiser for nonprofit organizations, replaces Mark Winer, who resigned in June.

Old Orchard Beach Town Manager Stephen Gunty resigned in August to move closer to his family in Indiana. Gunty has held the OOB job since last September. As detailed in the town charter, Assistant Town Manager Louise Reid will fill Gunty’s position until a permanent manager is named.

After serving as Trenton town clerk for nearly 40 years, Janet Muise announced in July she will retire by the end of the fiscal year next June. Selectmen will begin searching for a replacement so the winning candidate will have time to work with Muise before she leaves office.

Longtime Lewiston Deputy Administrator Philip Nadeau has been named acting city administrator and has announced his interest in earning the job full-time. The city council in mid-July voted to replace administrator James Bennett after seven years. Bennett’s contract, which ran about one more year, was bought out.

Clinton Town Manager James Rhodes will retire effective December 29 after serving the town for three years. Rhodes, a former manager of the city of Hallowell and town of Oxford, said he wants to retire at age 62. He earned a master’s in public administration in 1990 from Troy State University in Alabama.

Michael Thorne, a former manager of the towns of Harrison and Raymond, has been named interim Paris manager, replacing Sharon Jackson. Thorne will work 25 hours a week under his contract with selectmen. He was hired in July to temporarily take over the town clerk’s work, and also some of Jackson’s duties.


Longtime Dexter police officer and sergeant James Emerson has been named chief after almost 30 years with the department. Emerson, 58, has worked as acting chief since the resignation in April of Arthur Roy. In last month's issue, the Townsman incorrectly identified the new chief as James Gudroe.

The Townsman also incorrectly reported that Claude Rounds, Paris CEO, left his job there for a job in the private section. In fact, Rounds is still in the public sector as the Manager of the Lead Abatement Program for the cities of Lewiston and Auburn.