May 24, 2020

Columbia Falls elects selectman to fill vacancy

COLUMBIA FALLS — Douglas Black, a 53-year-old minister, was elected at a special town meeting Monday night to serve as the town’s second selectman, filling the vacancy that was created Aug. 21 by the death of Second Selectman Edmond Bagley.

Under the gavel of Peter Doak, Black was elected without opposition. He will be a selectman until the annual town meeting convenes in March, when local voters elect a three-person board of selectmen. Bagley died without completing the last seven months of his one-year term.

Black, a full-time minister for the Church of Christ on Route 1A in Milbridge, will serve the town with First Selectman Stanley Look and Third Selectman Harold Wakefield.

According to Town Clerk Suzie G. Emerson, the election was completed within 8 1/2 minutes. The only municipal officers elected to more than one-year terms are the town’s two representatives to the SAD 37 board of directors. The three members of the board of assessors have staggered terms of one, two and three years.

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