AUGUSTA — Gov. Paul LePage on Tuesday nominated three lawyers, including his chief counsel, to the District Court bench.

Cynthia Montgomery of Palermo, who serves as chief counsel to the governor, Charles F. Budd Jr. of Bangor and Thomas Nale Sr. of Waterville were announced as nominees in a press release.

LePage appointed his previous counsel, Daniel Billings, to the District Court bench in August 2012. Billings was elevated to the Superior Court about 18 months later.

Govs. Angus King and John Baldacci also nominated their counsel to the state court, according to previously published reports.

A native of Texas, Montgomery is a graduate of Georgia State University, where she also received her law degree in 1994, the release said. She served as a union representative and in-house counsel for the International Brotherhood of Police Officers, Local 623, from 1989 to 1995. In her private practice, she litigated discrimination actions against several urban governments and multiple national and international companies.

After relocating to Maine in 2002, she worked for the Maine Department of Health and Human Services. In 2003, she accepted a position in the Bureau of Employee Relations as a labor relations specialist, then counsel in 2006 and was promoted to the position of chief counsel in 2011 for the bureau, according to the governor’s press release. She went to work in the governor’s office in February.

Montgomery lives in Palermo.

Budd is a partner at Rudman Winchell who focuses his practice on criminal law, divorce and child custody, family law and personal injury law. Prior to law school, Budd worked for a member of Congress in Washington, D.C. and later for Massachusetts Gov. William Weld. Prior to joining Rudman Winchell, he worked for the Boston law firm of Hill & Barlow.

He was born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, the release said. A graduate of Dartmouth College and Boston College, he graduated cum laude from Georgetown University Law Center, where he served as an editor of the Tax Lawyer, an American Bar Association publication.

Nale, of Nale & Nale Law Offices, has been practicing law since he was admitted to the Maine Bar in 1979. He is a graduate of the University of New Hampshire School of Law and Thomas College. Nale specializes in divorce, family matters and litigation. With over 35 years of litigation experience, he has tried cases before the Maine District Court, Maine Superior Court, Maine Supreme Court and the United States District Court for the District of Maine.

He served as the mayor of Waterville from 1986 to 1987, the release said. Nale is a former president and treasurer of the Waterville Bar Association and is a lifelong resident of the Waterville area.

Gov. Paul LePage announces 3 cabinet nominations

AUGUSTA — Maine Gov. Paul LePage has nominated a Maine Maritime Academy professor to become state environmental commissioner. He’s also proposing that acting Education Commissioner Bill Beardsley and adjutant general Gerard Bolduc keep those titles on a permanent basis.

The governor said Paul Mercer from Maine Maritime has an extensive background in environmental issues. He has worked with renewable energy, solid fuels and biomass energy systems, and helped develop a system that cut emissions in half at the Bucksport paper mill.

Bolduc, a brigadier general in the Maine National Guard, has served as acting adjutant general since LePage fired Brig. Gen. James Campbell in March.

Beardsley, a former Husson University president, became acting commissioner in October when Commissioner Tom Desjardin hurt his back.


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