ST. AGATHA, Maine — Just two months after she became the town’s clerk, St. Agatha resident Christy Sirois has now advanced to the position of town manager.
The Board of Selectmen has named the 29-year-old St. Agatha’s new town manager. Sirois, a 1998 graduate of Wisdom High School, is taking over the post vacated by Ryan Pelletier, who managed the municipality for more than 10 years.
Pelletier now works for Northern Maine Development Commission as its work force development director for Aroostook and Washington counties.
Sirois had been town clerk of the St. John Valley community since January. A first-time town manager, she was one of 14 applicants for the position. St. Agatha selectmen made their decision Monday evening after perusing the resumes of all applicants.
“I am really excited about the job, but I know that I have a lot to learn,” Sirois said Tuesday. “This is my hometown, so I am very happy to be taking this job.”
Sirois said her father worked for the town in public works, adding that she has “known most of the town members since I was a little girl.”
A business management graduate of Thomas College in Waterville, Sirois worked for the college after graduation, and as an administrative manager for a major hotel chain downstate before returning to the St. John Valley in 2005. Before working for the town, she was a licensed agent and account manager for the Ezzy Agency, United Insurance, in Madawaska.
Beurmond Banville, chairman of the Board of Selectmen, said Sirois was “a known entity, seen to be a quick learner and one unafraid of taking on new challenges.”
“Ever since she has been in the town office, she has learned processes very quickly, learning the ropes and finding answers to queries,” he said, adding that selectmen have been impressed and expect her to become an efficient manager.
Sirois already has attended two training sessions in Augusta to assist her in the work of her new position.
Sirois is now the supervisor of five municipal employees at the town office, the St. Agatha Sewer Department and the town’s Public Works Department. She oversees a yearly budget of approximately $1.2 million in the town with a state valuation of about $62.5 million.
Sirois said she anticipates that her first year on the job will be a learning year that she will spend attending meetings, training and other events while also carrying out town duties.
“I am a bit nervous moving forward, but this is a huge privilege,” she said Tuesday. “I am looking forward to the future.”