PRESQUE ISLE, Maine — A sixth-generation Aroostook County farmer and a member of several community and civic organizations was tapped to serve as the new city councilor during a meeting earlier this week.
Emily Smith, a general manager and partner in Smith’s Farms Inc., her family business, was appointed by the council to fill a vacant seat on the board.
The appointment was necessary because of the death of Councilor Ed Nickerson, a longtime councilor, businessman and public servant, who died March 1 at age 64. He was the council chairman at the time of his death.
During a meeting earlier this month, Councilor Jennifer Trombley was chosen to be the new chairperson of the council. Her move left a vacant seat on the board, which Smith ultimately was chosen to fill.
Smith’s Farms Inc. grows approximately 7,000 acres of crops in The County, including broccoli and grain crops. Smith is one of four partners in her family business. She is a graduate of Northern Maine Technical College (now known as Northern Maine Community College) and California Polytechnic State University.
In applying to be appointed to the seat, Smith emphasized her management and budget experience with her family business as qualifications for the position. She also has been involved with community groups and serves on the board of directors of the Northern Maine Community College Foundation and on the board of direc-tors of the NMCC Alumni committee. She also is involved with Momentum Aroostook and the Maine Migrant Health Program.
Smith was a finalist for Leaders Encouraging Aroostook Development and Momentum Aroostook’s 2009 Young Entrepreneur of the Year award.
City Clerk Nancy Nichols said Smith would be sworn in as the new councilor during a special meeting on Tuesday, March 30.