The Cumberland County Commissioners appointed Jim Gailey as County Manager in a unanimous vote June 12, according to a media release from the county.

Gailey, who came to Cumberland County in Aug. 2016 as Deputy County Manager had been the interim County Manager since April 2017.

“We are very excited to have Jim on board full time as the County Manager,”

Cumberland County Commissioner Chair Susan Witonis said. “We look forward to what the future holds for Cumberland County Government, its employees and its citizens,” she said in the release.

Prior to coming to Cumberland County, Gailey was the South Portland city manager for nine years. Gailey also held several municipal positions in South Portland over his nearly 30 year career with the city. In 2001, he received a master’s degree in public policy and management from the Muskie School of Public Service at the University of Southern Maine.

In 2014, the Maine Town, City and County Management Association recognized Gailey as the Linc Stackpole Manager of the Year.

Five commissioners are the chief elected officials of Cumberland County. Their primary role involves setting policy and approval of the county budget. This process allows the commissioners to assess county operations for both efficiency and effectiveness.

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