MEXICO — Joe Roach, 34, of Peru, was recently introduced as Mexico’s first-ever town manager intern.

“This is a win-win arrangement for everyone,” John Madigan, town manager said on Wednesday. “Joe will be my right-hand man this summer.”

Roach is currently pursuing a master’s degree in public administration at the University of Maine Orono, and his newly-landed internship pays two-fold dividends for him.

“The program requires a government internship in order to earn the degree,” Roach said. “In addition, I will gain valuable experience while working for the town.”

Currently, Roach serves as the town of Peru’s road commissioner. His experience in that capacity was a strong selling point for Madigan and the Mexico Board of Selectmen when they chose him to be an intern.

“He (Roach) will be a huge asset to us when we begin road construction on the 3-plus-mile Backkingdom Road this summer,” Madigan said.

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