June 18, 2018
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Deputy commissioner at Maine Department of Economic and Community Development resigns

Kevin Bennett | BDN
Kevin Bennett | BDN
Deb Neuman tapes her show at the WVOM studios in Bangor in 2007.
By Whit Richardson, BDN Staff

AUGUSTA, Maine — Deb Neuman has resigned as deputy commissioner of the Maine Department of Economic and Community Development.

Neuman’s last day on the job will be Friday, according to Doug Ray, a spokesman for the DECD. Ray would not provide specifics on the circumstances of her departure, except to say she’s leaving on her own initiative and was not fired.

“I know she told [DECD Commissioner George Gervais] that she wants to pursue interests closer to her hometown,” Ray said. Neuman lives in Bangor, according to the website of her radio show, “Back to Business,” which airs on WVOM.

Reached late Tuesday, Neuman said “it’s been an honor and privilege to serve the state in this capacity and I’m grateful to Commissioner Gervais and the administration for the opportunity. I will continue to support their efforts to make Maine a great place to do business and to share the stories of businesses making it in Maine.”

Gov. Paul LePage appointed Neuman to the post in July 2011. She had served on the governor’s transition team, providing input on small business and economic development issues.

As deputy commissioner, Neuman oversees the governor’s team of “account executives,” who serve as a single point of contact for Maine businesses that have regulatory questions and issues, and to aid businesses in accessing available resources.

Ray said Neuman’s replacement has not been chosen, but that her duties would be “absorbed temporarily by senior management until a replacement is hired.”

Prior to her role at the DECD, Neuman was director of the Target Technology Incubator at the University of Maine. She is also creator and host of the “Back to Business” radio show on WVOM.

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