NEW MMA EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE TAKES OFFICE JANUARY 1, 2002

New officers and board members of the Maine Municipal Associationís Executive Committee who were elected at this yearís annual convention in October will take office on January 1, 2002.

Gary Brown, town manager of Vassalboro is the new MMA president.  Brown has served on the Executive Committee since 1999 and has been a member of MMAís Legislative Policy Committee since 1994. He served on the executive committee of the Kennebec Council of Governments and formerly served as town manager of China.

Susan Lessard Bruno, town manager of Hampden, will serve as vice president of MMA.  Bruno has served on the MMA Executive Committee since 2000. She serves on the Maine Rural Development Councilís executive board and is a member of the Womenís Subcommittee of the Maine Jobs Council. Bruno is a certified Maine manager and has served as town manager in Livermore Falls, Fayette and Vinalhaven.

Jolene Lovejoy, vice chair of the Rumford Board of Selectmen, was re-elected to a three-year term on the MMA Executive Committee. Lovejoy has been a selectman in Rumford since 1995 and has served on the MMA Executive Committee for one year. She is a graduate of the Maine Development Foundationís "Leadership Maine" program and serves on the Western Maine Transit board of directors.

William Bridgeo, city manager of Augusta, and Ryan Pelletier, town manager of St. Agatha, were elected to three-year terms on the MMA Board. Bridgeo has served as manager in Augusta since 1999 and previously served as manager in Calais, Canandaigua, New York, and Killingly, Connecticut. He has a masterís degree from the University of Hartford and currently serves on the Maine Service Center Coalition steering committee. Pelletier has served St. Agatha since 1999. He previously served as town manager in Wallagrass. He is a graduate of MMAís Municipal Leadership Program and is on the Northern Maine Development Committee and the Regional Transportation Advisory Committee.

Elected to one-year terms on the MMA Executive Committee were Galen Larrabee, chair of the Knox Board of Selectmen, and Anne Swift-Kayatta, town councilor in Cape Elizabeth. Larrabee has served as a selectman in Knox since 1996 and as chair since 1998. He is lifelong dairy farmer and serves on the Mid Coast Regional Planning Commission's executive committee, the Regional Transportation Advisory Council and the Eastern Maine Development Committee. Swift-Kayatta has served on the Cape Elizabeth Town Council since 1999. She has chaired the townís Finance Committee and served on the Greater Portland Council of Government executive committee. She served as chair of the Thomas Memorial Library Board of Trustees and is a graduate of Mount Holyoke College and Harvard University.