Cumberland County Newsletter

Legislative Activity

We have been asked why we mention what is going on in the Legislature so frequently. The answer is because what happens in Augusta can, and does, affect what happens to Maine counties, specifically in our case Cumberland County, the taxpayers and our employees. For example, last week a bill was passed through Appropriations to provide $2.488 million to the State County Jail System to keep five of the systems jails in operation through June 30, 2015 - Cumberland County's jail being one of those. 

This effort involved Sheriff Joyce being brave enough to tell the state what would happen should he have to reduce costs to cover the $600,000 potential deficit. The result was the Governor and Legislature answered with funding. There will now be a big battle on how the jails will be funded and managed beyond June 30, 2015.

There will be other bills critical to funding, programming, consolidation with towns, etc. discussed between now and mid June when the Legislature closes up shop. We will continue to monitor and persuade them to see our point of view to improve the quality of life for our citizens and employees. Should you ever have any questions about Legislation, please contact Bill Whitten, Assistant County Manager.

Cumberland County Commissioner's being sworn in.

2015 Elected & Appointed Officials

At the January Commissioners meeting, several newly elected, reelected and appointed officials were sworn into office. Commissioners sworn in were reelected District 5 Commissioner James Cloutier, reelected District 4 Commissioner Thomas Coward and newly elected District 3 Commissioner Stephen Gorden. Reelected Cumberland County DA Stephanie Anderson, reelected Cumberland County Sheriff Kevin Joyce, newly appointed Register of Deeds Nancy Lane, newly appointed Deputy Register of Deeds Mary Haupt and newly appointed Treasurer Alex Kimball were recognized. Read more about the event here

CCRCC joins Missing Kids Readiness Project

The Cumberland County Regional Communications Center (CCRCC) has achieved certification from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) as a member of the Missing Kids Readiness Project.

“This certification process involved a commitment by CCRCC and our law enforcement partners,” said CCRCC Director William Holmes. “We worked closely to develop and implement best practice policies and provide dedicated training to our staff for locating missing and exploited children.” 

Certification requirements included the CCRCC director completing NCMEC management training, NCMEC training for each CCRCC employee, and a NCMEC approved missing persons policy be developed by CCRCC. Read more

Cumberland County Government Launches Tobacco-Free Workplace Policy

On January 1, 2015 Cumberland County Government launched its Tobacco-Free Workplace Policy. The policy states that tobacco use will be prohibited within all Cumberland County buildings, satellite offices, adjacent sidewalks, parking areas, County vehicles, as well as within personal vehicles while parked on Cumberland County property.

Cumberland County worked with the Center for Tobacco Independence to provide employees educational opportunities on learning to get through the day tobacco free and the resources available to those trying to quit. In addition, several employees took part in a Tobacco Helper’s Certificate Course provided by the Center for Tobacco Independence.

?“The entire process was truly a collaborative effort between all of our departments, the Center for Tobacco Independence, Portland Public Health and the State of Maine, with whom we share a home with at the County Courthouse,” said Joanna Aronica, Cumberland County Wellness Advisor. “As an organization, we know this is the right thing to do, both for our employees and for the public visiting our three campuses.”
 

County Manager Peter Crichton and District 1 Commissioner Neil Jamieson at the Bridgton-Lakes Region Rotary Club meeting.

Bridgton-Lakes Region Rotary hosts County Manager and Commissioner

On February 12, County Manager Crichton and Commission Jamieson spoke at the Bridgton-Lakes Region Rotary Club meeting. The two spoke about the value of the services being provided by Cumberland County Government. They discussed the Cumberland County Community Development Program which has provided significant funding for deserving projects in Bridgton for the past eight years and the cost saving provided by being a member of Cumberland County Regional Communications Center. If you are interested in having the County Manager or a Commissioner speak at an event, please contact Amy Carole, Cumberland County Public Information Officer. 

Cumberland County says good-bye

Cumberland County's Finance Department lost long time employee Jane Belino last month. For over 20 years, Jane was always willing to work nights, weekends and holidays, to fight through sicknesses and injuries, and to make her way into the office no matter the weather conditions to make sure that Cumberland County employees got paid correctly and on time. With some of the huge storms we had over the years, bouts of flu, and the usual ups and downs that occur in anyone’s life over the course of 20 years,  it's evident that Jane got payroll out in spite of any obstacles. She was quietly looking out for all of us at Cumberland County for many years, and for that alone, we owe her an enormous amount of gratitude.

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