Selectmen appoint interim town manager to former positions

DIXFIELD — The Board of Selectmen voted 3-0 Monday evening to appoint interim Town Manager Eugene Skibitsky to all of the positions he held before he retired.

Matthew Daigle/Staff Writer

Town Manager Eugene Skibitsky, right, explains a spreadsheet to Dixfield Board of Selectmen Chairman Mac Gill, left, during Monday night's board meeting.

Skibitsky submitted his resignation Sept. 10, 2012, effective Jan. 3, after more than four years in the post. However, Chairman Mac Gill explained during the Jan. 28 selectmen's meeting that the board would rehire Skibitsky as interim manager after they were unable to find a replacement.

“We were unsuccessful in our first search for a new town manager,” Gill said. “We decided to rehire Gene on an interim basis to run business and help us out until we can find somebody new.”

Skibitsky explained after the vote that he would be reappointed to each of his former roles, except for assistant welfare administrator, which he recommended go to secretary and Deputy Treasurer Samantha Ellis.

“I think she'll do a fantastic job,” Skibitsky said. “She seems to have the knowledge and will do the job well.”

The board also voted unanimously to officially appoint Ellis as executive secretary to the town manager and the selectmen board.

In other business, Gill provided clarification to the recently revived public comment section to those in attendance.

“When I said  no complaints during the previous meeting, I meant that complaints would not be allowed dealing with personnel issues,” Gill said. “We have to be able to protect our personnel from complaints.  However, there is a difference between complaints and criticisms.  Criticisms will be taken during public comment.”

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I would like to thank the

I would like to thank the Town Manager for reminding me in a round about way that I am not a resident/voter of Dixfield. But as a resident of South Carthage, I can see the beautiful mountains of Dixfield, Canton, Carthage, Peru, Wilton, Jay, Livermore from my front window. I will be totally affected by these giant turbines they choose to erect in these towns....visual, flicker, sound, vibratory waves, animal influence, tourism, taxes, electrical rates, the list goes on and on.

So, thank you, Mr. Skibitsky for putting me in my place.

Norman Mitchell's picture

This from a 5th grade teacher ?

Criticism : the act of expressing disapproval and of noting the problems or faults of a person or thing : the act of criticizing someone or something and also a remark or comment that expresses disapproval of someone or something . Complaint : a statement that you are unhappy or not satisfied with something , the act of saying or writing that you are unhappy or dissatisfied with something and also a formal charge saying that someone has done something wrong . So Mr gill do you know what you want ? A complaint is a negative comment about a behavior, and therefore a complaint is less likely to provoke a defensive, or angry response ! Criticisms often contain accusatory words and generalizations . They attack the person’s character and personality ! A complaint addresses the specific action or behavior of another and your feelings about it. A criticism , on the other hand, doesn’t simply focus on a behavior or action, It adds an element of blame and even “character assassination”. Makes me wonder what they are talking about words mean things and a person should know what they mean before they use them !!


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