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Fort Fairfield hires new town manager

FORT FAIRFIELD, Maine — After searching since the summer, town councilors in Fort Fairfield have hired a new town manager, Andrea Powers, who will begin Monday, Nov. 26.

Powers previously served as town manager of Washburn from 2005 to 2009 and on the Presque Isle Economic Development Committee between 2000 and 2001.

She grew up in Washburn and Presque Isle, and since leaving the job of Washburn town manager has been living in Washington state with her family.

Powers said she found the Fort Fairfield job when she was looking for work in municipal government in northern Maine, with the aim of relocating here with her young family.

“It’s a great place to raise your kids,” said Powers, who has three school-age daughters. “It’s home and it’s what we know.”

Powers has a bachelor’s degree in art from the University of Maine Presque Isle and a master’s degree in public administration from the University of New Haven.

She said she’s looking forward to working again in local government after taking time off to raise her young kids.

“I enjoy being part of the community, working with the citizens. For me, the day to day process of municipal government is enjoyable. I like working with people and working together to better the community.”

Powers will replace town manager Jim Risner, who has worked in the position since 2015.

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