Panel accepts deputy’s resignation


FARMINGTON — County commissioners voted to accept the resignation of Deputy Michelle St. Clair of New Sharon.

St. Clair has worked for the county for 13 years. Prior to that, she was a deputy with the Kennebec County Sheriff’s Office, Sheriff Dennis Pike said. Her resignation is effective May 31.

She plans to marry and work in a different field, Pike said.

The position has been posted in-house, Pike said. He will advertise externally if a qualified applicant is not found internally. Pike said he hopes to have a new full-time patrol deputy starting July 1. He also hopes to be able to use some reserve officers to fill when it won’t go against the union contract, Pike said.

In other business Tuesday, commissioners learned that it would cost $8,844 to repair a generator switch that supplies the jail and the Sheriff’s Department with backup electricity. A problem occurs when the generator, installed in 1983, shuts off and commercial power kicks back on, jail Manager Doug Blauvelt said. It gives a slam of electricity and, among other things, interferes with the 911 emergency system, Blauvelt said.

The generator comes on once each week for a short period as part of its maintenance.

The new switch will merge the generator power and commercial power in a smooth transition, jail custodian Aaron Marden said.

IEC Electrical & Data Services will use a mobile generator to supply electricity to both buildings when the auto transfer switch, an integral part of the site power distribution system, is installed. There will be two short outages of regular power when the repair is made, Marden said.

In other business, the Budget Committee plans to meet at 4 p.m. Thursday, May 20, in the Superior Court room to continue budget discussions.

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