Donald Durrah sits at his desk in Paris at the Oxford County Regional Communications Center in 2019. Durran died unexpectedly Wednesday morning. Sun Journal file photo

PARIS — Oxford County Administrator Donald Durrah died unexpectedly Wednesday morning.

Durrah, 50, of Lewiston had worked for the county since 2019, becoming administrator in August 2021, after serving six months as the interim.

“It is with great sadness we share the news of the sudden passing of our County Administrator Donald Durrah. Our hearts and thoughts are with Donald’s family and friends at this time. He was a great man who will be sincerely missed,” according to a post on the Oxford County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page.

Known as “Donnie” throughout the county complex, he was praised by commissioners and staff for his positive attitude. His death stunned county employees Wednesday, who were still processing his death and most were not yet ready to comment.

Register of Deeds Cherri Crockett posted on her Facebook page, “Our county has suffered a great loss today in the passing of our Administrator, Donald Durrah. While we worked with him daily and will greatly miss his friendship and leadership, our hearts and prayers are with his family.”

Durrah has worked in county government for most of his adult life. He came to Oxford County in June 2019 after serving as the 911 supervisor for Cumberland County for nearly 20 years. He began his professional career as a firefighter in Gray in 1991.

The County Commission is still planning to hold its monthly workshop Thursday at 9 a.m.

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