May 26, 2018
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PI council vacancy to be filled March 22

By Jen Lynds, BDN Staff

PRESQUE ISLE, Maine — After choosing a new chairman, Presque Isle city councilors are set to appoint a city resident to fill a newly vacant seat on the council.

City Clerk Nancy Nichols said Wednesday that residents interested in filling the vacant seat can submit letters of interest to City Hall until Thursday, March 18. The council will conduct interviews between March 18 and 22 and appoint a new councilor on Monday, March 22, according to Nichols.

Councilors were forced to appoint a new chairman after the death of Chairman Ed Nickerson. Nickerson, a longtime councilor, businessman and public servant, died March 1 at age 64.

During a special council meeting on Monday evening, Councilor Jennifer Trombley was chosen as the new chairman.

Councilor Calvin Hall was named deputy chair, according to Nichols.

After some discussion, the council decided to appoint a replacement to Trombley’s seat after her move to the chairman’s seat.

“Any registered voter in the city is eligible for the seat,” Nichols explained. “They just have to submit the letter stating their interest and their qualifications for the position.”

Nickerson’s death leaves a hole not only on the council, but on boards and committees he served on throughout the region.

Despite illness, Nickerson continued attending council meetings and was elected council chairman last year. Before that appointment, he served for several years as vice chairman of the council.

During his tenure as councilor, Nickerson supported the revitalization of the downtown and pushed for economic development in the city.

At the time of his death, Nickerson was serving on the board of the Northern Maine Development Commission in Caribou and was a member of Economic Development Council of Maine.

He also served for several years as president of the Northern Maine Fair Association and helped revamp the annual fair to include more music and events to attract fairgoers from throughout Aroostook County. He also was a foundation board member of Northern Maine Community College.

The March 22 meeting will begin at 5:30 p.m.

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