Topsham town manager is tops in Maine

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TOPSHAM — Town Manager Cornell Knight has been named manager of the year by his peers.

The Linc Stackpole Manager of the Year award of the Maine Town, City and County Manager’s Association was announced Aug. 22 at the Sunday River Jordan Grant Resort Hotel in Newry.

“It was quite an honor,” Knight said Monday. “I never thought I’d receive it, and it was nice to be recognized by my peers, and nice that my family could attend, and my parents were there, and most of the department heads from Topsham, and a couple of selectmen … . It was very nice.”

The award is named for Lincoln Stackpole, who was town manager in Machias from 1970 until his death in 1977. It recognizes professionalism, integrity, leadership, and the confidence and respect of the recipient’s peers.

Recipients also must demonstrate a socially responsible approach towards their community; concern for the well-being, support and growth of their municipal colleagues, and contribution and service beyond their community of service through organizations at regional, state and national levels.

Knight was nominated two managers – Bill Bridgeo of Augusta and Michael Starn of Hallowell, according to a town press release.

Knight grew up in Cape Elizabeth and started running towns right after college, beginning in Baileyville, then Hallowell in the 1980s, followed by seven years in Jay and 12 in Winthrop prior to becoming Topsham’s manager in February 2011.

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

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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.