AUGUSTA ( AP) — Gov. Paul LePage has named an acting commissioner for the Department of Defense, Veterans and Emergency Management when the current commissioner retires at the end of next week.

Maine Emergency Management Agency Director Rob McAleer will take the department’s top job when Adjutant Gen. John “Bill” Libby leaves March 16.

LePage also announced the formation of a five-member committee to search for Libby’s permanent replacement, to serve as both commissioner and next adjutant general as head of the Maine National Guard.

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