(from the
December 2006 Maine Townsman)

Larry Mead has been named the new Kennebunkport town manager after a painstaking hiring process that spanned four months. Mead began his new duties on December 4 after working for the city of Portland for 27 years, most recently as assistant city manager. Mead replaces Nathan Poore, who left in July to take the town manager’s job in Falmouth.

Monmouth interim Town Manager Paul Bird has been named to the job permanently.

North Haven selectmen are looking for a new manager following the resignation of John Marcarelli, who cited family issues as the reason for his departure. Joseph Stone is serving as the town’s interim manager.

Bertrand “Bert” Albert has retired as foreman of the Frenchville Public Works Department after 44 years. Albert, 63, took his father’s job with the department in the fall of 1962, after his father had died. His commitment to the town was recognized during a retirement party attended by 150 family members and friends. Town Manager Philip Levesque told the gathering that Albert’s “dedication and work ethic have provided the residents of our community a better place to live.”

Auburn’s acting Police Chief Phil Crowell has been named to permanently replace Richard Small, who resigned last June. Crowell’s law enforcement career spans 20 years.

North Yarmouth selectmen will be looking for a new administrative assistant after accepting the resignation of longtime assistant Scott Seaver, who will step down next June when his current contract expires. Seaver is the only person to have held the job and has been praised for helping shape the community over the past 25 years as the population doubled and the need for public services increased.

East Machias residents and public officials gathered last month to thank Christine Small for her 32 years of service as town treasurer. Small was nominated for another term as treasurer at the town meeting last March, but declined to accept the nomination.

Addison selectmen have named John Woodward as the town’s new bookkeeper following the retirement announcement of Arleta Grant. Grant will work through the spring and use the time to help train Woodward.

Former longtime Topsham Assistant Fire Chief Chester “Chet” Murray died December 2 at the age of 91. Murray served the town and its fire department for 40 years, beginning in 1950. He was remembered by family and friends as a “wonderful father” and dedicated public servant.