June 20, 2018
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Piscataquis County has new manager

By Diana Bowley, BDN Staff

DOVER-FOXCROFT, Maine — A Willimantic woman with an extensive background of work at the state and local levels was hired Tuesday as the Piscataquis County manager.

Marilyn Tourtelotte was selected from a pool of 29 applicants, four of whom were interviewed. Of the applicants, 22 were from Maine, including the four finalists, according to Commissioner Tom Lizotte, board chairman.

“I’m really excited and am looking forward to my new position as the county manager,” Tourtelotte said Tuesday by telephone. “I’m really looking forward to blending all of my former positions and background into this new position.”

Tourtelotte has served as an environmental educator for the Chewonki Foundation in Wiscasset, a forester for International Paper, a Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife game warden, and most recently as the Allagash Wilderness Waterway manager from 1999 to 2008. In that job, she supervised a staff of 14 and coordinated an extensive volunteer program.

Under her management, the Allagash Wilderness Waterway received a 97 percent satisfaction rating from customers taking trips on the waterway, according to an independent study conducted by the University of Maine.

Tourtelotte also served as a commissioner of Maine’s Land Use Regulation Commission from 1994 to 1999, and was LURC’s chairwoman for three years.

“County commissioners were impressed with Marilyn’s diverse work history and her record of achievement,” Lizotte said Tuesday outside the commissioners meeting. “Her administrative experience running the Allagash Wilderness Waterway, her familiarity with the Unorganized Territories gained as a LURC commissioner, and her law enforcement background will all serve her well in county government.”

Locally, Tourtelotte has served as a selectman and assessor, and past president of the Willimantic Community Civic Association. She is chairwoman of the Willimantic Planning Board.

Tourtelotte also introduced and coordinated “Becoming an Outdoor Woman,” a national program, to Maine in 1998. She is a Master Maine Guide, a Leave No Trace Master Trainer, a wilderness first aid instructor and an expert canoeist.

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