News Feature

Deer Isle
Originally published in Island Ad-Vantages, March 13, 2014
Deer Isle Selectmen advertise for admin. position

by Faith DeAmbrose

Just three days after voters granted the board of selectmen the authority to hire an administrative assistant, a job description and help wanted ad were approved at the board’s regular Thursday meeting, March 6.

The ad, which will run in the Island Ad-Vantages for two weeks, lays out the experience required for the would-be candidate: “Considerable experience in a responsible position of a managerial nature, preferably in local government. A strong background in financial management, budgeting, administration and public relations. Graduation from high school supplemented by five years experience in municipal government or degree in public administration or related field.”

The board also approved a two-page job description which outlines the responsibilities, duties to be performed and overall requirements of the work.

According to the job description, the administrative assistant will assist the board of selectmen in a variety of ways, including:

Carries out duties of the board of selectmen; prepared reports;

Responsible for implementing all board of selectmen’s policy decisions…;

Attends meetings and conventions on behalf of town;

Monitors the budget and financial affairs of the town;

Organizes and prepares for town meeting and special town meetings;

Maintains OSHA and Maine Dept. of Labor records.

The position comes with a pay of $25 per hour. Copies of the job description and applications are available at the town office.

In other business, the board approved a change to the way it pays its ballot clerks for town meetings and elections. According to the approved policy, “ballot clerks and election clerks shall be paid the sum of $25 for the first two hours of work, and a rate of $8 per hour thereafter.”

The change was prompted by the fact that some clerks may only work an hour, and therefore, an $8 payment for “rearranging their day” is not acceptable, said selectmen while discussing the merits of the change.

The selectmen also appointed Lyle Showers as transfer station attendant and Hubert Billings as code enforcement officer and alternate plumbing inspector.

The board meets every Thursday at 6 p.m. at the selectmen’s office.