Piscataquis County board fires manager

Posted Jan. 06, 2009, at 11:33 p.m.
Last modified Feb. 13, 2011, at 11:03 a.m.

DOVER-FOXCROFT, Maine — The Piscataquis County commissioners voted Tuesday to dismiss Michael Henderson, the county manager, effective March 6.

The decision came after the commissioners held their annual performance evaluation of Henderson in executive session. The reason for the dismissal was Henderson’s inability to meet the job performance expectations set for him by the commissioners at the previous year’s annual performance evaluation, held Jan. 8, 2008, according to Tom Lizotte, chairman of the commissioners.

Henderson was hired in 2004 as the county’s the first manager. He declined to comment late Tuesday afternoon.

Lizotte said the position would be advertised immediately.

Also on Tuesday, the commissioners voted on a trial basis to allow snowmobilers to use about one-half mile of the plowed Elliotsville Road in Elliotsville Township to reach Greenwood Pond.

Mike King of the E-ville Snowmobile Club, who attended the meeting, said some snowmobilers are using the entire Elliotsville Road to reach Monson. “We’re trying to get them off the main road,” he said. King said he was working with landowners in the area to allow a connector trail.

The section of road is the same one approved last year by the commissioners for use by all-terrain vehicles.

Piscataquis County Sheriff John Goggin said he was not in favor of snowmobilers using the main roads but recognized the difficulties the clubs had in establishing and maintaining the trails. It takes only one accident to ruin a life, he said, suggesting that the snowmobile club take a leadership role to make sure snowmobilers adhere to the rules for that crossing.

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