Staff Change at MMA
(from the February 2010 Maine Townsman)

By Christopher G. Lockwood, Executive Director

As readers will note, this issue of the Maine Townsman contains a farewell column from longtime editor and MMA staff member Michael Starn. During his thirty-five year career at MMA, Michael oversaw the production of over 400 issues of the Maine Townsman and had lead responsibility for organizing over 30 MMA annual conventions, in addition to a wide array of other functions such as handling media calls, fielding LD 1 inquiries, and developing citizen education programs regarding municipal government. We thank Michael for his dedicated service to MMA and our members and wish him the very best.

Looking ahead, I am pleased to announce Eric Conrad has accepted our offer to join MMA as the Director of Communication and Educational Services.

Eric is an experienced executive with an extensive background in the news media. Having served as Executive Editor of the Kennebec Journal and Morning Sentinel (2007 – 2009) and as Managing Editor, Sports Editor and City Editor of the Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram (1995 – 2006), Eric is very conversant with Maine issues.

Most recently Eric has been serving as Director of Marketing & Communications at MaineGeneral Health, working extensively on the proposed construction of a new hospital facility to serve the greater Augusta/Waterville region.

Eric graduated cum laude from Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania with a major in communications-journalism. He attended the University of Maryland as a Fellow in the Knight Center for Specialized Journalism program and is a graduate of the Maine Development Foundation’s “Leadership Maine” class of 2005.

We look forward to having Eric begin his work at MMA on Monday, March 1.