April 07, 2020

In early November, Gary Dorman was confronted by the Corinna board of selectmen with a letter from town auditor Bruce Fowler. In the rport, Fowler cited some problems with the bookkeeping practices. He also cited the board which hadn’t signed the town warrant for six weeks in a row. The law states this is to be done weekly by the selectmen who are to review all articles paid out. It looks like the board is a lot more responsible than they want to admit.

On Nov. 6, Gary was contacted by Galen McKenny and told at 6:30 Thursday night that he had until 5 p.m. Monday to pay the town $30,413 or they would take legal action immediately. At that time, Gary asked to get the money by going to his family for financial support and pay the money on time. All of this was being done after the board had agreed with the chairman to wait until he returned from vacation. It looks like someome, or all of them, wanted to be chairman.

Gary worked hard for the town trying to save money and make it a nice place to live. He had a lot of job titles, one of them being in charge of cemeteries. He took great pride in his job and worked many hours after supper and weekends when no one else could be found to mow. For this, over and above his job duties, he paid himself for the time he mowed the lawns, or other jobs.

I have spoken to a member of the board who said Gary earned every penny he paid himself. It was the bookkeeping they did not agree with. So if he earned it, why make him repay it? As for the comptuer that was mentioned, it was approved by the selectmen, and the warrant was signed. Then, Gary had to repay the town for the computer and the town stil has it. Maybe if these saviors of the town looked at what they were signing these problems could have been worked out long ago.

I have known Gary all my life and feel I can speak truthfully of his character. He has been a lifelong resident of Corinna. His job as town manager was his life. He dreamed of his job for years before being appointed. Everything he has done during this time as town manager he did with the belief that it was in the town’s best interest. An example of his faith to the town is present now.

Gary was advised to fight this charge and clear his name. But he said he would not put the town through a long court battle while they were still rebuilding from the loss of so many jobs and businesses in town.

These aren’t the words of a man with criminal intent toward the town. Jeffry Dorman Exeter

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