Former Aroostook district attorney to serve temporarily as victim witness advocate

Posted Oct. 11, 2012, at 4:53 p.m.

CARIBOU, Maine — While the Aroostook County commissioners regretfully discussed the resignation of the former part-time victim witness advocate due to medical reasons, they were quite pleased with the qualifications of the individual selected to temporarily fill that position.

Echoing the recommendation of District Attorney Todd Collins, County Administrator Doug Beaulieu requested during the commissioners’ Sept. 26 meeting that the commissioners approve the hiring of former District Attorney Neil Adams to serve as a part-time victim witness advocate operating out of the Presque Isle office.

“[Adams] has agreed to assume the post on a 20-hour per week basis through the end of this fiscal year, which will be Dec. 31, at the base salary of $10.49 per hour — which is less than we were paying,” Beaulieu told the commissioners.

Beaulieu also expressed his thoughts as to what a great opportunity this was for The County.

“[Adams] is kind of excited about doing this; I think he’s looking for a little something [to do] during retirement and he’s obviously someone that will hit the ground running,” Beaulieu said. “This is a great opportunity more for us than probably him.”

The county administrator also pointed out that in addition to the resignation of the former part-time witness advocate, another victim witness advocate is out on medical leave.

“We’re very fortunate to have someone like Neil step into this position — it’s great news for us,” said Commissioner Norman Fournier.

Adams’ hiring was quickly approved.

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