January 2

Fairfield councilman, school board member resign due to new jobs

Council members have 30 days to appoint someone to fill the positions.

By Kaitlin Schroeder kschroeder@centralmaine.com
Staff Writer

FAIRFIELD — Town councilmen unanimously accepted the resignation of both a newly elected councilman and school board member Thursday night.

Councilors voted 3-0 with one member not present to accept a letter of resignation submitted by Richard Letourneau, who told board members previously that he recently was hired for a new job that requires him to travel out of state and would compromise his ability to serve the town.

The council has 30 days to appoint someone to fill the space, according to Maine statute, and members had the option of appointing someone to the position at the 6 p.m. Thursday meeting at the Fairfield Community Center.

School board member Mike Bolduc also submitted a letter of resignation to the town, saying that he too recently accepted a new job that requires him to travel out of state, said Town Manager Josh Reny. Councilmen have 30 days to appoint someone to the SAD 49 school board seat.

Council members held no further discussion on the matter and voted to revisit the matter with Councilman John Pincchiotti present at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Fairfield Community Center.

Whoever is appointed to the two positions will serve a one-year term until the next election.

Reny said councilors have resigned in the past, and the board members traditionally chose someone who has past experience as a councilor to serve the remainder of the term.

He said no one has contacted him who is interested in the position since the announcement was published earlier Thursday.

“If no one from the past was interested, they would also be able to solicit public interest for the position,” he said.

Letourneau, 44, was an employee of Dirigo Engineering and worked as an inspector on the Summit Natural Gas pipeline at the time of his election.

In the election, he received 470 votes. Aaron Rowden polled 466 votes, and incumbent Harold “Jim” Murray got 384, which left him unseated.

Kaitlin Schroeder — 861-9252kschroeder@centralmaine.com
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