2013-05-31 / In the Know

In the Know

New staff members for Scarborough
By Jaclyn Mandrake Special contributor

Recently, the town of Scarborough hired two new department heads to replace longtime Town Assessor Paul Lesperance and Scarborough Economic Development Corporation (SEDCO) Executive Director Harvey Rosenfeld.

Karen Martin has been selected to succeed Rosenfeld at SEDCO, which he led for almost all of its 25-year history.

Martin has a master’s degree in community planning, has worked as a senior economic development planner for the city of Austin, Texas, worked with the Greater Portland Council of Governments for 15 years, stepped into the private sector, and then returned to economic development when Harvey recruited her to join SEDCO in 2010.

She will build on her predecessor’s accomplishments by continuing to develop an extraordinary organization with strong ties to the community, town staff and town officials.

Martin will continue SEDCO’s mission to support economic and business development to improve the quality of life in Scarborough by expanding the town’s tax and employment base.

Please join me in congratulating Karen Martin on her promotion to the position of SEDCO executive director.

Earlier this spring, Lesperance retired after a distinguished 29-year career as the town assessor. According to the Scarborough town charter, the town manager and town assessor are the only two positions in town government that are directly appointed by the Town Council.

At last week’s meeting, Town Council formerly voted to appoint Bill Healey to this important position.

Prior to accepting this position with the town of Scarborough, Healey worked in a shared-services model to serve as the assessor for the towns of Cumberland and Yarmouth.

In addition, he serves as the assessor for the towns of Denmark and North Yarmouth as an independent contractor. He began his assessing career in the town of Cumberland in 2000 and then took on additional responsibilities and duties when he became the assessor for the town of Yarmouth in 2004, Denmark in 2007 and eventually the North Yarmouth in 2012.

Healey is a certified Maine assessor, Maine licensed real estate appraiser, member of the International Association of Assessing Officers and past president and current member of the Maine Association of Assessing Officers. Before becoming an assessor, he was the town appraiser in Old Orchard Beach. He also had his own appraisal company for 10 years, Healey Appraisal Service, which was located in Lewiston. He has taken numerous real estate and appraisal courses at the University of Southern Maine, as well as at the Maine Bureau of Taxation.

Some of his key courses include: property tax administration, principles of appraisal, advanced real estate law and appraisal of complex industrial properties. Healey will start in his new position on Monday, June 10.

In addition to these two department head positions, the town has also recently hired two new staff members in the Information Technology Department to fill vacant positions that have been open for some time.

Sean Bushway will serve as a joint municipal/school department webmaster and SharePoint administrator. Prior to accepting the position with the town of Scarborough, Bushway worked in the Lewiston Public Schools as a technology support specialist. In that role, he created the Lewiston School District’s official website and served as the webmaster. He has a bachelor’s degree in industrial technology with a concentration in information and communication technology from the University of Southern Maine and he has taken multiple courses in computer hardware, computer networking, website development and database management. He started his new position on Tuesday, May 28.

Finally, we are pleased to welcome Marc Mathieu, who started on April 1 as the new Network and Telecomm administrator for the IT department. Prior to accepting the position with the town of Scarborough, Mathieu worked as a remote site and telephone support specialist at York Hospital where he managed and administered servers and systems on the main campus and multiple remote sites. He has also worked as a network administrator for diversified communications and an IC Analyst for G.H. Bass & Co.

Mathieu has an associate’s degree in computer science from York County Community College. Not only is he skilled in information technologies, he also has experience in the sports and fitness field, when he worked as a sports and fitness specialist and an EMT for the United States Air Force.

Congratulations to these four individuals on their new positions. I’m sure you will find them professional and helpful as you conduct your business and interact with your town government.

For more information about this column, contact me at jmandrake@ci.scarborough.me.us or 730-4026.

Jaclyn Mandrake is human resource director for Scarborough.

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