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New Faces, Titles on Maine Municipal Association Executive Committee
New Faces, Titles on Maine Municipal Association Executive Committee

Oakland Town Manager Peter Nielsen won a recent election to become the next Vice President of Maine Municipal Association.

Nielsen, who began his career as a Town Manager in 1990, will assume the vice presidency at MMA in January 2013. That puts him in line to become MMA President in 2014. Stephan Bunker, Chair of the Select Board in the Town of Farmington, will lead the MMA Executive Committee as President in 2013.

"My goal is to keep the word ‘municipal’ front and center, synonymous with effective, efficient and responsive, as the answer to those who have weakened faith in government," Nielsen said. "Public safety, good roads, trash, recycling – these things can’t be taken for granted, but local voters are best suited to decide how much of each they need."

In other MMA election results, Glenburn Town Manager Michael Crooker will join the Executive Committee next January for a three-year term. Lewiston City Councilor John Butler, Jr. and Calais City Councilor Marianne Moore were re-elected to the Executive Committee. Both will serve three-year terms.

Nielsen has experience both as a municipal manager and as an elected official. He has served as manager in Oakland since 2008. Previously, he served as manager in the towns of Wilton, Wayne and Clinton. Nielsen also served on the Town Council in Winthrop, where he lives, from 1985 to 1990.

Bunker said these are challenging times for all levels of government, and he noted that the struggling state and national economies are taking a toll at the municipal level.

"My continued focus will be to help ensure that Maine Municipal Association is serving its members to the highest degree, with a customer focus," Bunker said. "I want to make sure that MMA helps our members with issues and tries to work cooperatively with the governor, state Legislature and members of our Congressional delegation."

Bunker recently retired from his position as Operations Manager for the State of Maine’s Emergency Services Bureau (E9-1-1). He has held many public positions over a 40-year career. He is a member of the Farmington Fire & Rescue Department, serves on the Maine Fire Protection Services Commission and is a retired Lt. Commander with the U.S. Coast Guard Reserves.

He is a former military policeman and K-9 handler, emergency medical technician, police officer, juvenile crisis counselor, emergency dispatch and corrections supervisor and he held the post of Executive Director of the Maine Sheriffs’ Association. Bunker earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice at the University of Maine and a Master’s degree in Adult Education, also from the University of Maine. He also is an adjunct faculty member in the community college system and a graduate of Southern Maine Community College, with a degree in law enforcement technology.

Michael Crooker has served as Town Manager in Glenburn since 2006. He also holds the positions of Road Commissioner and Treasurer in the Penobscot County town of 4,467 citizens. He previously served as Town Manager in Bradley. Crooker holds both a Bachelor’s and a Master’s degree from the University of Maine, where he began teaching as an adjunct faculty member in 2003.

John Butler, Jr. was elected to the Lewiston City Council in 2009, after having served for 16 years on the School Board in Maine’s second-largest municipality. He is employed as an Outside Salesperson for Butler Brothers, his family’s industrial-distribution business, which was founded in 1952. Butler is a graduate of Saint Michael’s College and Lewiston High School.

Marianne Moore has served as City Councilor in Calais from 2002 to 2008 and from 2009 to the present. Moore is on the executive boards of the St. Croix Valley Chamber of Commerce, Washington Hancock Community Agency and the Washington County Development Authority. She is the owner/manager of the Calais Curves for Women Fitness Center and is an adjunct instructor at Washington County Community College.

About the Maine Municipal Association: Founded in 1936, the MMA is a voluntary, non-partisan, member-service organization to which 486 municipalities in Maine belong. It has a core belief that local government is a fundamental component of a democratic system of government. MMA’s services include advocacy, education and information, professional legal and personnel advisory services and self-funded group insurance programs.


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