New Gouldsboro police chief, office manager on the job

GOULDSBORO — The new police chief Patrick McNulty and office supervisor Anne Laine both say they seek to empower employees rather than micromanage them in their jobs. The two, who were sworn in as employees and started work last week, are busy getting to know the other municipal staff and learning how the town is run. They also are taking stock of their departments’ current operation and practices before proposing any changes.

McNulty, who has had an extensive law enforcement career including 20 years with the Providence Police Department in Rhode Island, was a detective sergeant at the time of his retirement in 2011. From Narragansett, R.I., his last position was supervising the department’s Narcotics and Organized Crime Bureau. In that capacity, he participated in narcotics and organized crime-related investigations on a state, regional, federal and international level. Politicians and police officers were among the subjects investigated.

McNulty said the underlying aim in all his investigative work is getting to “the truth.”

“Thank you for having the confidence to hire me as your police chief. My mission is community policing,” he told selectmen and the public in attendance at the board’s Aug. 5 meeting. “There is going to be some crime and arrests. I am not going to be a hard charger. I want to become a citizen of this community.”

Like the police chief, Laine also brings considerable managerial experience. Having spent much of her life in Colorado and California, Gouldsboro’s new office manager moved to Maine from Knoxville, Tenn. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry from the University of Arizona and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in logistics/marketing/international business from the University of Tennessee. Before moving to Maine, she worked for C.H. Robinson, which resolves logistical problems for companies moving freight globally or across industries, for seven years. She also has been a financial advisor, operated a real estate agency, run her own insurance company and served as the financial officer in the nonprofit Boulder County Paramedics in Louisville, Colo.

As office supervisor, Haines says she oversees the town’s administration. She stages elections, handles accounts payable, trains new staff, serves as backup for the deputy town clerks and other tasks. Uppermost in her mind is ensuring the town office runs efficiently and smoothly.

“I believe people know their own jobs,” Laine told selectmen. “They don’t have to be micromanaged.”

In other business, selectmen voted 5-0 to take $75,000 from the town’s land purchase account in order to lessen the 2021-22 municipal budget’s impact on taxpayers and achieve a 10.25 mill rate. The land purchase account, where foreclosure funds are directed, totals $106,000. No land acquisition is foreseen, so the use of that account made more sense to the board that drawing from unexpended surplus account.

Infrastructure Superintendent Jim McLean informed the board that the town’s Jones Pond cottage needs an interior facelift and he expected to contract that work out. He said the exterior already was renovated two years ago. He added two derelict vehicles need to be removed. He also reminded selectmen that replacing the Jones Pond playground could cost close to $100,000 for plastic equipment (not cedar).

In a 5-0 vote, selectmen reiterated their support to return to a windshield sticker system for disposal of trash at the transfer station. The vote also included the board’s commitment to set aside funds annually for three years toward the eventual purchase of scales to weigh debris at the Walters Road facility.

In addition, the board agreed to hold a noise ordinance workshop Sept. 9, where members will review other Maine towns’ related regulations. They are aiming to draft an ordinance for town vote at either a special town meeting or the 2022 annual Town Meeting.

Letitia Baldwin

Arts Editor at The Ellsworth American
In addition to editing the Arts & Leisure section, Letitia edits special sections including Out & About, Overview, Health Quarterly, Your Maine Home, House & Garden and Get Ready for Winter. She comes from Chicago, Ill, but has deep family ties to the Cranberry Isles. [email protected]

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