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Piscataquis County hires new manager

Article from Bangor Daily News, Wednesday, September 08, 2004

By Diana Bowley
of the NEWS Staff

DOVER-FOXCROFT - A longtime military man was hired Tuesday as manager of Piscataquis County.Michael Henderson, one of 27 people who applied for the position and one of five who were interviewed, will start his new job on Sept. 13 at an annual salary of $47,500.
County Clerk Carolyn Doore will work with Henderson until her retirement on Sept. 30.

"I think this is going to be a challenging position, I think this is going to be an interesting position," Henderson, 37, said, after Piscataquis County commissioners made his appointment official.

His most challenging job, he believes, will be the budgeting process.

The Glenburn man has 15 years of supervisory and leadership experience, having served as a commissioned officer in the U.S. Marine Corps, where he worked primarily as a supply officer. The major in the Marine Corps Reserve plans to continue his affiliation with the Reserve, he said Tuesday.

It was Henderson's extensive training and experience in leadership and personnel management, budgeting and fiscal management, procuring and accounting for property and supplies, public relations, emergency planning and management, that impressed the commissioners.

Henderson holds a bachelor's degree in political science from the University of Illinois, and, earlier this year, he earned a master's degree in public administration from the University of Maine.

In addition to his military career, Henderson served as director of emergency services for the Pine Tree Chapter of the American Red Cross in Bangor for eight months before being recalled to active duty in January 2003.

As the county's chief administrative official, Henderson will be responsible for administration of all departments and offices controlled by the county commissioners and the operation of county government. Elected county officials will continue to be responsible for administration of their departments.

The new county manager also will serve as the county's purchasing agent, will monitor county spending and revenues, and will develop and implement county administrative policies and procedures.

Assisting Henderson in the office will be Cathy Goodine, whose position was changed by the commissioners Tuesday from deputy county clerk to administrative assistant, and Cheryl Fairbrother, clerk specialist. The change will result in a step pay increase for Goodine.

Henderson said he and his wife, Alyssa, and their three daughters plan to move to Piscataquis County in the near future.

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