June 16, 2019

New town manager named in Ashland > Collins picked from 15 applicants

ASHLAND — The Ashland Town Council appointed James E. Collins of Lewiston as the new town manager this week.

Collins will begin his duties Monday, June 29. He replaces Nancy Farris, whose resignation became effective May 1, according to council Chairman William Ray Beaulier. Farris was the town manager for nine years.

Collins was selected from a field of 15 applicants.

“Jim is no stranger to Ashland, working with us for the past five years with the planning commission (NMRPC) and Northern Maine Concepts on block grants and others grants,” said Beaulier. “He appears to hold the qualification we sought and strong personal management direction and economic development background.”

Collins was employed from December 1989 to February 1992 as vice president of planning at Northern Maine Concepts Inc. in Castle Hill. He served as program administrator for community development block grant programs in Ashland, Allagash, New Sweden, Caswell and Frenchville.

From January 1987 to December 1989, he served as senior planner at the Northern Maine Regional Planning Commission in Caribou. Hre also has worked for Great Bay Development Co. in Boston, was code enforcement officer for the town of Freeport from February 1984 to July 1986, and has served as town manager of Bridgton, Mapleton-Chapman and Castle Hill from April 1978 to May 1981.

He is a member of the American Planning Association and Maine Association of Planners. Collins is a state-certified Maine plumbing inspector and certified code enforcement officer.

Collins holds a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Maine, a bachelor’s degree in political science from UM, an is a graduate of Lewiston High School.

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