Buckfield hires Lorna Nichols as general manager

BUCKFIELD – With the city audit completed and residents finally voting on a new municipal budget on Tuesday, things are falling back into place after a tumultuous year.

The Board of Selectmen filled the last missing piece on Monday night by hiring New Sharon’s Lorna Dee Nichols as chief executive. She will take on the role on Monday, October 4.

“The terms of employment were negotiated and agreed upon by both parties and reviewed by a lawyer (lawyer). We now have a signed contract, ”Board Chair Cheryl Coffman told the public Monday after an executive session.

Vice President Cameron Hinkley proposed the proposal to hire Nichols, which the board unanimously adopted.

Nichols’s contract is for three years with a starting salary of $ 60,000, Hinkley said.

Currently chair of the New Sharon Board of Selectmen, Nichols has served on the board since 2014. She is married to Franklin County Sheriff Scott Nichols Sr.

She is also the director of food services at Franklin County Jail, a promotion she received in August. She started as a prison kitchen supervisor in 2015.

When hired for this role, she was praised by her supervisor, Doug Blauvelt, for her “experience with budgets, strong supervisory skills and building a restaurant from scratch”.

Nichols also served for five years as executive director of the Franklin County Chamber of Commerce.

She succeeds Acting Managing Director Bradley Plante, who held the post for four months following the resignation of John Andrews. Andrews left his post after six months, citing a rocky relationship with the Select Board.

Plante helped lift the city out of the abyss by putting its finances in order, opening the city office and preparing a city budget that was considered by voters on Tuesday three months after the start of the new fiscal year.

Nichols is Buckfield’s fifth general manager since August 2020.

Plante, whose resignation became official last Friday, has agreed to be available as needed until Nichols takes office.

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