People
(from the July 2010 Maine Townsman)

Auburn City Manager Glenn Aho won a contract extension through 2013 during a council meeting in early July. Aho, former Lincoln manager, received a 2.9 percent pay increase.

Rob Bickford Jr. has been named Wiscasset fire chief, replacing retiring chief Tim Merry. Bickford, a 22-year member of the volunteer department, was elected chief by his peers on June 2 and appointed by selectmen on June 15.

Michael Bobinsky, director of public services for the City of Portland, has been appointed chairman of the American Public Works Association Audit Committee.

Michelle Dumoulin has been hired as Sangerville’s first town manager, effective on June 21. Dumoulin is a former Corinna town clerk.

Paul Emery, a Westbrook city councilor, suffered a heart attack on June 9 and credits city rescue workers for perhaps saving his life after he tried to convince them he didn’t need help. Emery, 68, collapsed while standing in line at a sandwich shop. Westbrook paramedics and EMTs, who also are trained firefighters, quickly responded to the call.

York Selectman Michael Estes has won the Republican nomination to represent District 1 in the Maine Senate. Estes, who has not served on the state level before, will run against Rep. Dawn Hill, a York Democrat. Estes defeated an incumbent in the primary to win the nomination by three votes, 1,548 to 1,545, according to a recount by the Secretary of State.

Machias incumbent Selectman Warren Gay collected 187 votes in June voting and defeated two challengers for another term on the board.

Clinton selectmen have named Craig Johnson as acting police chief following the retirement in June of Chief Charles Runnels. Johnson was the town’s only full-time officer when Runnels was hired as chief in November 2007, so Johnson had essentially been running the department until a chief was named. Johnson has 22 years of experience in police work and served with the Army National Guard for more than two decades before retiring as a master sergeant.

Mount Desert selectmen have named Durlin Lunt as the town’s new manager, moving him up to permanent status after he took on the job of acting manager following the resignation of Michael MacDonald in the spring. Lunt’s first contract is for one year.

Readfield selectmen on July 1 appointed Lee Mank as the town’s new fire chief. Mank then named Michael Nolette as deputy chief and Stephen Baxter as assistant chief. Selectman Amanda Mank abstained from voting on her husband’s appointment.

Northport selectmen have promoted Barbara O’Leary to administrator, effective July 1. O’Leary will remain the town clerk and treasurer for the time being.

Gerry Pineau has been named the new Livermore Falls fire chief. He started his new job in June and has developed a plan to restructure the department.

New Gloucester selectmen welcomed back assessor’s agent Nancy Pinette in early July following a medical leave of absence.

Larry Post, a veteran Maine municipal manager, has been hired as administrator for Somerset County. Post most recently worked as manager of the town of Hartland and planned to resign effective July 16.

Chebeague Island Town Administrator Scott Seaver will resign on Oct. 15, he told selectmen in early July. Seaver previously served as North Yarmouth town administrator for 26 years before taking the island job in April 2008.

Rockland officials have named a road in honor of the city’s longest-serving public official, Capt. Richard Spear of the Rockland Port District. Spear has served for 57 years on the Port District, whose members are elected by the public. Spear also has served for decades as an appointed member of the city’s Harbor Management Commission.

Brain Stockdale, a Brunswick firefighter, has been named Topsham fire chief, succeeding Ken Brillant, who recently left Topsham to take the top fire job in Brunswick. Stockdale, who was among 28 applicants, is studying for his master’s degree in organizational leadership. He was set to take over the Topsham department in early June.

Deborah Theriault has been named Danforth town manager. Theriault worked as manager on an interim basis from May 5 until early July.