(from the May 2009 Maine Townsman)
Marian Anderson of Boothbay has been hired as the new town manager of Richmond, effective in early May. Anderson most recently worked as Boothbay’s tax assessor, code enforcement officer and General Assistance director. She is a former Richmond selectman, ending her most recent term in 2005. Anderson replaces Thomas Fortier, who accepted the Ogunquit manager’s job in February.
James Chaousis II has been named Livermore Falls town manager, replacing Martin Puckett, who now manages the tri-town governments of Mapleton, Chapman and Castle Hill. Chaousis was one of 32 applicants for the job. He will earn a degree in public administration in December from the University of Maine at Augusta. He is a former Marine and private-sector supervisor and a native of neighboring Livermore, where he now lives.
Fort Kent Town Manager Donald Guimond has been recognized nationally with the 2009 Phoenix Award for his steady and effective work in the wake of the worst flooding in the border town’s history last spring. The U.S. Small Business Administration planned to present the honor, which recognizes extraordinary service by a public official, during a ceremony in May in Washington, D.C. In announcing the award, SBA Administrator Karen Mills said Guimond’s work was heroic and courageous as he led the community’s flood recovery efforts, as well as saving lives after he ordered a mandatory evacuation of the town.
Arundel Selectman David Lane has decided not to seek re-election in June after serving 21 straight years on the board.
Newcastle Selectman Art Mayers has resigned after serving just more than one year. The resignation was effective immediately and Mayers did not give a reason for his decision. A special election was scheduled for May 22 to elect a successor.
Carlo Puiia has been named Rumford town manager, replacing interim manager Len Greaney. Puiia, who has worked as the town’s tax collector for the past 13 years, held off more than 20 other candidates to get the job. The vote was unanimous. Puiia will continue as tax collector until the June municipal elections, as required by law, and then begin his new job as manager.
Dexter Police Chief Arthur Roy resigned effective May 1 after five years, saying he wanted to retire and let someone else do the job. Roy, 63, is a former member of the State Police. Sgt. James Emerson has been named interim chief until a permanent replacement is hired.
Sebago selectmen have named James “Jim” Smith as town manager, affirming his performance as acting manager for five months after Robert Nicholson resigned last November. Smith had worked as the town’s code enforcement officer since 2006. He was chosen to “fill in” as manager last fall.
The Town of Camden has been recognized by the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada for excellence in financial reporting. The Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting was awarded to the town and the Award of Financial Reporting Achievement went to the Finance Director Carol Sue Greenleaf.
Bridgton Selectman and former Police Chief Robert “Bob” Bell died of skin cancer April 28 at the age of 72. Bell, a U.S. Air Force veteran, served as the town’s police chief for 32 years, from 1972 until his retirement in 2004. Bell introduced the idea of the now-popular Law Enforcement Torch Run as part of Maine’s Special Olympics and remains the only Maine police officer to be inducted into the International Law Enforcement Special Olympics Hall of Fame.