April 07, 2020

Selectmen consider re-election; Corinna nomination papers ready

CORINNA — The experience of the last two months is reason enough to rethink serving in public office, according to Corinna Selectman Steve Buck.

As chairman of the board, Buck suddenly found himself in a management role when former Town Manager Gary Dorman resigned abruptly following an audit of town books. Under Buck’s leadership, the town government weathered more than a month of public scrutiny as information was slowly released about Dorman’s unauthorized use of town funds.

Buck’s term as selectman expires this year along with that of fellow Selectman Marvin Lister. Joshua Tardy’s term on the SAD 48 board of directors representing Corinna also expires. Nomination papers will be available today at the town office for the three openings.

Buck said Tuesday he is undecided whether to seek re-election to the board.

“After what we’ve just been through … that wasn’t part of the bargain,” he said. “But in all likelihood, I will [run again].”

Learning that nomination papers are available, Lister too expressed reluctance.

“I’m not going to jump on it, but I assume I will,” he said Tuesday, explaining he will take a wait-and-see attitude about continued service on the board and test community feelings before he decides to run.

Dorman eventually signed an agreement to repay the town about $40,000. He was sentenced last week to two years in jail with all but 30 days suspended.

The board began the search for a new town manager before the holidays. With the field narrowed to four candidates, the board expects to set a schedule for interviews at its Jan. 14 meeting.

Nomination papers for selectmen and school director must be completed and returned by Jan. 27 in preparation for a March 13 election.

Selectmen’s terms in Corinna are for three years. School directors serve for the same time period.

Tardy could not be reached Tuesday to comment on a re-election bid.

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