AUGUSTA, Maine – Oakland Town Manager Peter Nielsen recently was sworn in as president of Maine Municipal Association’s Executive Committee and Marston Lovell, City Councilor in Saco, was appointed vice president.
Nielsen, who began his career as a town manager in 1990, assumed the presidency on March 28 during a swearing-in ceremony at the MMA Conference Center in Augusta. Executive Director Christopher Lockwood led the swearing-in, which became necessary when Stephan Bunker, former chair of the Select Board in the Town of Farmington and former MMA President, lost his re-election bid as a town Selectman in March.
Nielsen said a priority will be to promote what municipal government does best. MMA can do that by “helping citizens determine their preferred mix of local services, seeking the tools to implement their decisions and supporting the officials who organize the work.”
“It’s a mixed blessing that Maine towns and cities perform our work so efficiently that sometimes we get taken for granted,” Nielsen said in an MMA press release. “It’s not by chance that a 911 call brings help, that the kids get educations, that roads are clear and fit for driving, that trash gets recycled, that libraries and recreation programs run smoothly and that cemeteries look nice for Memorial Day. We serve as beacons of efficiency that other levels of government can try to equal.”
Nielsen has experience as a municipal manager and as an elected official. He has served as manager in Oakland since 2008. Previously, he served as manager in the towns of Wilton, Wayne and Clinton. Nielsen also served on the Town Council in Winthrop, where he lives, from 1985 to 1990.
Nielsen is a graduate of the University of Maine in Orono. He earned a Master of Public Administration degree from the University of Maine in 2001. He also worked in the private sector, the seasonal boat and car storage business, from 1982-2008.
Lovell is the owner and operator of Manufacturers Analytics, a Saco-based company that he has led since 1987. He has served on the Saco City Council since 2007, is a member of the Southern Maine Planning Commission and served on the Board of Trustees of the Dyer Library Association from 2001-2006.
Lovell also served as a military Reservist from 1963-1970 and 1977-1994. He holds a BSBA degree in Accounting and a BA degree in Liberal Arts from the University of Southern Maine. He will serve as MMA Vice President through 2013.
Founded in 1936, the MMA is a voluntary, non-partisan, member-service organization to which 486 municipalities in Maine belong. It has a core belief that local government is a fundamental component of a democratic system of government. MMA’s services include advocacy, education and information, professional legal and personnel advisory services and self-funded group insurance programs.