People
(from the February 2010 Maine Townsman)

Bangor police officers Rob Angelo, Robert Hutchins, Timothy Shaw and Doug Smith have earned bravery awards from two statewide police associations for risking their lives to save others. Shaw also was recognized for preventing a tragedy when he disarmed a gunman who had assaulted three people and were holding them hostage in a Bangor residence.

Former Lewiston City Administrator James Bennett has accepted the top municipal job for the city of
Presque Isle, replacing Thomas Stevens, who has been hired a regional director for U.S.D.A. Rural Development program in northern Maine. Like Stevens, Bennett is a longtime manager in Maine. Most recently, he has been working as interim manager for the town of Sabattus.

Outspoken and colorful former Rumford Selectman J. Eugene Boivin died of cancer on January 30. He was 70. Boivin worked for the town as a firefighter for 30 years, retiring as chief in 1989, before running for public office. He received countless awards throughout his long career. He served on the town’s charter commission and was known for his outspoken views and lobbying the Legislature on municipal issues.

Winslow town councilors have promoted Jeffrey Fenlason to police chief after he served in an acting capacity since late 2009, when Richard Grindall retired after 40 years with the town.

South Berwick Fire Chief George Gorman marked his 40th year in the job in February, earning praise from present and former firefighters who lauded his leadership skills and ability to get things done. Gorman, an Air Force veteran, has lived in South Berwick his entire life. He joined the department in 1966 and was promoted to chief in 1970.

Machais Town Manager Betsy Fitzgerald has accepted the job as Washington County manager. Fitzgerald was hired as Machais manager in 2006 after she worked as a code enforcement officer for the towns of Vassalboro and Benton.

Chelsea Town Manager Carrie “Kay” Khalvati resigned effective January 25 after serving since the fall of 2008. Her reasons were apparently based on personal choices, according to officials. A search committee will be used to find a new manager.

Florance Merrifield will retire as Hope town clerk on February 26, after serving as clerk and tax collector for 32 years. She was first elected in 1981 after working as deputy clerk for three years.

A Northfield, Massachusetts police sergeant has been named the new Lincoln police chief by a unanimous vote of the town council in early February. Scott Minckler has 30 years of experience in law enforcement. Minckler, who will start his new job on March 1, replaces former Chief William Flagg, who resigned last August to seek a new career in teaching.