Newburgh elects selectman, reverses two of three previous changes

Posted Jan. 04, 2012, at 10:45 p.m.

NEWBURGH, Maine — Newburgh has three selectmen once again.

Claude Bolduc received 54 votes in a special town election held Wednesday and became the second selectman for the town. He was the only person on the ballot.

“I was disappointed that I was the only one running,” said Bolduc after he learned he was officially the winner. “We need to have people step forward and one of the reasons I did run was because no one was stepping forward.”

There were 44 write-in votes and 15 ballots were left blank.

Skip Smith received the most write-in votes with seven. Michael Burns, who resigned as the second selectman in November, received two write-in votes.

Bolduc will be able to get to work quickly as the next Board of Selectmen meeting will be Thursday evening.

He said he hopes he can help the town return to what it was before it became engulfed in controversy.

Cindy Dunton, former deputy clerk and treasurer in Newburgh, was sentenced in July to five years in prison with all but 20 months suspended for embezzling nearly $200,000 from the town since 2006.

“I’d like to see the town get over what happened a few years ago. To move on. I’d like to see the selectmen right on top of the accounting,” said Bolduc, who, along with his wife, Louise, own Newburgh Associates, a consulting firm that helps municipalities with financial needs such as assessing, cash receivables and accounting. “Get us back together as a community again and get this stuff behind us.”

Three articles aimed at reversing changes residents had voted on last year were also on the ballot.

Last March, residents voted to move from three selectmen to five. On Wednesday, voters reversed that decision, 62-51.

Newburgh still will have five selectmen for one year beginning in March. But in March 2013, the town will revert back to three selectmen.

The town also will have a selectmen-administrative assistant form of government for just one year. Residents voted to overturn last March’s decision by a five-vote margin with 59 people voting to go back to a town manager form of government and 54 wishing to have the selectmen-administrative form of government. Like the previous article, the selectmen-administrative assistant form of government will go into effect starting in March, but will end in March 2013.

The last article would have taken effect immediately had it passed.

Residents voted to keep an ordinance that would allow voters to recall town officials. The motion to overturn that ordinance was voted down 78-34.

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