Chebeague fills key jobs, seeks committee members

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CHEBEAGUE ISLAND — While still seeking residents to fill several committee openings, the town recently hired three key employees.

Dick Clarke of Long Island was hired in June to fill a vacant public services job in a three-quarter-time capacity, according to an announcement by Town Administrator Eric Dyer. Clarke spent several years providing public works services on Long Island, and he has significant experience with equipment operation and maintenance.

Clarke also offers “a high degree of professionalism, and is well versed in road maintenance and repair techniques among other relevant education and training,” according to Dyer.

Margaret Muller of Portland fills the newly created job of municipal bookkeeper. She works in the town office one to two days a week, helping with check reconciliation,   accounts payable processing and audit preparation, as well as developing and implementing internal financial controls for the town, according to Dyer.

She previously spent more than six years as the Winterport Water District’s assistant treasurer and office manager.

“Margaret has experience in all of the areas she was hired to assist with and most
importantly has worked with the specialized Trio accounting software used by the Town,” Dyer said.

John Holt of Chebeague was also hired to fill a vacant deputy town clerk position. Michelle Jones, who previously wore many hats at Gray’s towns office, was hired earlier this year as Chebeague’s town clerk and tax collector. She is the immediate past president of the Cumberland County Municipal Clerks Association, is a certified clerk of Maine and a graduate of the New England Municipal Clerks Institute and Academy.

Meanwhile, Chebeague is looking for two people to fill three-year terms on the seven-member Planning Board, two to fill three-year terms on the five-member Shellfish Conservation Committee, and one to fill a three-year term on the three-member Road Plan Committee. Open membership is also available on the Aquaculture Committee.

Those interested in learning more should call Town Hall at 846-3148.

Alex Lear can be reached at 781-3661 ext.113 or [email protected]. Follow him on Twitter: @learics.

A Maine native and Colby College graduate, Alex has been covering coastal communities since 2001, and currently handles Bath, Topsham, Cumberland, and North Yarmouth. He and his wife, Lauren, live in the Portland area, and Alex recently released his third album of original music.