MACHIAS, Maine — The Sunrise County Economic Council, or SCEC, named Charles Rudelitch the organization’s new executive director on Monday.
Rudelitch, who currently working as an attorney for Pine Tree Legal Assistance, will begin his new duties May 2.
He replaces Harold Clossey, who resigned the post in December to accept an appointment as president and CEO of the Maine Development Foundation.
“Charles brings energy, enthusiasm, a deep understanding of the challenges and opportunities facing Washington County’s economy, and a commitment to working with businesses, communities and nonprofits to strengthen our economy from the ground up,” Shirley Erickson, chairwoman of the council’s board of directors, said in an announcement the organization issued Monday.
Rudelitch, a Harrington native, has served as a staff attorney for Pine Tree Legal Assistance in Hancock and Washington counties since 2009. The statewide nonprofit group provides free civil legal services to low-income people.
In addition to the legal field, he has worked in economic and community development for the towns of Brighton, Fort Kent and Guilford, and the Passamaquoddy Tribe.
He also is no stranger to the SCEC. He interned with the organization in the late 1990s and served on the council’s board in the early 2000s.
Rudelitch acknowledged the limited economic opportunities in Washington — one of Maine’s poorest counties — and the effect on the people who live here.
” SCEC is at the forefront in working to improve the economy here,” Rudelitch said in the organization’s announcement. “I am honored to be part of SCEC and look forward to continuing the work to make Washington County a place where anyone who works hard can make a financially secure life for themselves and their family.”
Rudelitch earned degrees in applied history from Carnegie Mellon University and resource economics and policy from the University of Maine, where he also received his law degree.
Erickson thanked the council’s search committee for its work over the past three months.
“Mark Green, Susan Corbett and Tina Erskine put in some long hours, narrowing the field, interviewing candidates and ultimately recommending Charles for this position,” she said. “The board thanks them for their commitment, and dedication to finding SCEC’s next leader.”
Clossey had been executive director of the SCEC from 2006 until late last year, when he was offered the top post with the Maine Development Foundation, a nonpartisan organization that promotes long-term economic growth. He began his new duties in January.
The SCEC board later named longtime assistant director Jennifer Peters as interim executive director.