A man for any emergency

Posted Jan. 05, 2010, at 9:24 p.m.

SKOWHEGAN, Maine — Somerset County commissioners have hired Roger Lightbody of Madison as the county’s new emergency management director.

Lightbody, whose first day on the job was Dec. 31, accepted the position last week after being one of six candidates interviewed, said County Administrator Robin Weeks.

“Roger is well-known in the area and has been very involved in his community,” Weeks said. “We’re very fortunate to have him.”

Lightbody has been a firefighter in Madison for 23 years, serving the past 13 years as the department’s chief. He has also been his town’s emergency management director for the past seven years, which means he has worked closely with the countywide agency.

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“I’m very familiar with emergency management,” he said. “I still have a lot of things to learn on how the county is run, but that will come with time.”

Lightbody, 63, who worked various building maintenance jobs for most of his career, has been the foreman of Madison’s highway department and supervisor of maintenance at Maplecrest Rehabilitation and Living Center in Madison. He retired three years ago.

“That was beginning to get boring,” he said. “This job came up and I was very interested in this type of work. I felt I could contribute something.”

Among Lightbody’s early goals is meeting with emergency management directors and rescue personnel in all 33 municipalities in Somerset County and familiarizing himself as much as possible with the county’s 82 unorganized territories. Part of his continued message will be reinforcing what the countywide agency can do for local responders.

“We’re a huge resource that can help them do their job better,” Lightbody said. “I’m interested in finding out what they expect from me.”

Lightbody took the job at the bottom of the position’s pay scale, according to Weeks, and will earn $38,930 per year plus benefits.

Lightbody, an avid camper and fisherman, has been married to his wife, Donna Lightbody, for 45 years. They have three children and nine grandchildren. He was born and reared in Embden.

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