PARIS — Tony Carter of Dixfield was hired Thursday as Oxford County’s first supervisor of the unorganized territories and the Oxford County Regional Airport in Oxford.

County commissioners approved hiring Carter, a pilot and former chairman of the Dixfield Board of Selectmen. He will be paid $26.92 per hour, work 35 hours per week and receive three weeks of paid vacation.

Most recently, Carter was a supervisor at ND Paper in Rumford.

Commissioners said they are eager to have someone overseeing the operation at the airport, which has been underutilized since Oxford Aviation was evicted from its building in 2014, for violating the conditions of its lease.

The facility off Number Six Road covers 70 acres and includes a 3,000-foot asphalt runway, an office building, a hangar and a fuel depot. Considered a general aviation airport, it serves single- and twin-engine aircraft and small jets, and is home base for nine aircraft, Commissioner Tim Turner of Buckfield said. Mosher Aviation Services operates an aircraft refurbishing business there as well, he said.

Commissioner Steven Merrill of Norway, a proponent of the airport, off Number Six Road, said in March when commissioners first posted the new position that it could be a good source of revenue for the county.

In addition to running the airport, Carter will supervise the county’s six unorganized territories of Albany, Mason, Milton, Riley, Northern Oxford County and Magalloway.

In other business, commissioners agreed to enter into a partnership with Community Concepts to assist in the administration of the American Rescue Plan Act funds. County Administrator Donald Durrah told commissioners the organization “has the skill set that we need” to efficiently administer the funds and connect the county with different entities for economic benefits.

With the recent deorganization of Magalloway, the county is responsible for the services in the new unorganized territory. The board approved retaining Lauriston Bragg to serve as the transfer station attendant for two hours every Sunday, essentially hiring him as a part-time county employee.

A request by Cpl. Richard Murray of the Oxford County Sheriff’s Office to use vacation time to work as the assistant public safety director for Fryeburg Fair was approved. Murray has worked as an officer for the Fryeburg Fair for more than 20 years. No county property or resources will be used.

Commissioners also approved hiring Brianna Johnson, Jacob Doyon and Jacob Paar as correction officers. They also accepted the resignation of correction officer Justin Cantin, who is leaving for a position outside of law enforcement.


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