AUGUSTA — Maine Gov. Paul LePage has named a new chief legal counsel after the deployment of his former top lawyer to Afghanistan.

Carlisle McLean, who was promoted on Wednesday, has served as LePage’s general counsel since 2012. She replaces Michael Cianchette, a U.S. Navy Reserve officer who resigned for a yearlong deployment in Kabul, Afghanistan.

Before serving as general counsel, McLean was the governor’s senior natural resources policy adviser. She came to the administration after working as an attorney for Preti Flaherty.

McLean earned her law degree from Pace University School of Law. She also holds a master’s degree in environmental management from the Yale University and a bachelor’s degree from Bates College.


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