Facebook posts made and shared by China’s new town manager might raise questions about whether he can separate his religious views and beliefs from his work as a municipal official, but members of the town’s Select Board, which was unanimous in selecting him, were impressed with his background and skills.

Over the years, Dennis Heath, a 58-year-old pastor and career Air Force veteran, has made opinionated posts about women, homosexuals and Islam and shared articles from websites known to spread conspiracy theories and false news.

Heath started his role in China at the beginning of June after the retirement of longtime Town Manager Dan L’Heureux. In the past, Heath served part time as an administrator for Stonewall, Oklahoma — a town of only 500 that Heath said was named after Confederate Lt. Gen. Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson.

In his former position, he felt he could express himself freely, Heath said during an interview with the Morning Sentinel. In Maine, he said, he realizes he has to be more careful about what he posts on social media.

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