Ex-Amity manager to be sentenced

Posted June 28, 2010, at 9:07 p.m.
Last modified Jan. 30, 2011, at 11:36 a.m.

HOULTON, Maine — The former town manager of Amity who pleaded no contest last month to a charge that he stole approximately $40,000 from the rural community is expected to be sentenced on the charge in October in Aroostook County Superior Court in Houlton.

Darrell Williams, 54, of Monticello was indicted by the Aroostook County grand jury in May 2008 on one count of theft by unauthorized taking of an amount greater than $10,000. He pleaded no contest to the Class B crime last month.

A no-contest plea results in a conviction.

According to Bangor Daily News records, Williams spent five years as town manager in the southern Aroostook County town until he resigned in 2007. A call to the Amity Town Office to verify the information was not returned Monday.

Aroostook County Assistant District Attorney Patrick Gordon said Monday that during Williams’ time as town manager, he stole money from the town in a number of ways, including by pocketing excise taxes paid by residents.

“This community put a lot of trust in him, and he violated that trust,” Gordon said Tuesday. “It is very sad.”

Gordon said a number of Amity residents have attended hearings related to the Williams case.

“They have been very vocal in saying that they wanted to see justice done,” he said.

Williams’ attorney, Torrey Sylvester of New Limerick, said Monday he could not comment on the case. He confirmed that Williams is working to make restitution to the town.

Williams also was town manager in Oakfield for approximately three years. He resigned from that position in April 2006. He gave no reason for his resignation, but municipal business in the small town had been in limbo in the month before Williams resigned. Residents decided at their scheduled annual town meeting on March 27 not to go through with the session until they had the municipality’s yearly audit in their hands.

Williams told residents that a glitch in the town’s tax software prevented some information from getting to the municipal auditor, which meant the report was not ready in time for the annual gathering. At a special meeting on April 3, residents voted unanimously to appropriate enough money to run Oakfield until the report ar-rived. Williams resigned a short time later. The annual meeting did not take place until November, shortly after a new town manager was hired. Residents passed the budget as presented during that meeting.

Gordon said that Williams also pleaded no contest last month to a forgery charge stemming from a separate incident. Gordon said the charge stemmed from action that took place when Williams was working for a radio station in Penobscot County last year. Williams reportedly signed a client’s name to a sales contract. The cli-ent, who was reportedly an Aroostook County man, later denied that he had ever signed such a contract.

Sylvester would not comment Monday on where Williams is working. In the past, Williams has owned several businesses in Aroostook and Penobscot counties while serving in town manager positions. Williams could not be reached for comment Monday.

Class B violations are punishable by up to 10 years in jail and a $20,000 fine. Gordon said Monday he expected Williams would be sentenced on the forgery charge during his October court appearance.

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