LePage Announces Transition Advisory Team - Beardsley Likely DOC Commissioner

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Thirty five Mainers have been tapped to serve as a “Transition Advisory Team” for Governor-elect Paul LePage who presented the team at a press conference this morning at the State House.

LePage surprised his audience when, in answer to a reporter’s question, he said he’d already chosen two members of his cabinet, the Commissioners of Conservation and Public Safety. He gave no hint about who those commissioners would be.

Speculation inside and outside the State House indicates that Bill Beardsley will be LePage’s Commissioner of Conservation. Beardsley attended this morning’s press conference and was announced as a member of the Transition Advisory Team.

Beardsley impressed many people, including his opponent Paul LePage, during his 2010 primary campaign for the Republican gubernatorial nomination. While he is widely known for his 23 years at Husson College and his extensive work in the field of education, he also offers lots of experience in the fields of forestry and conservation.

It was my pleasure a few years ago to participate in a study by Beardsley of trends in forest land ownership and access. He’s extremely bright and capable.

LePage’s entire Transition Advisory Team is listed on the Governor-elect’s website, www.lepagetransition.com.

The team includes State House veterans such as former Senators Rick Bennett, Vin Cassidy, and Lisa Marrache, several key individuals from the forest products industry including Don White, President of Prentiss & Carlisle and Chip Bessey, President of E.D. Bessey & Son. Leo Kieffer serves on the team as a representative of the Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine (see my blog of November 22 for more on Kieffer and applicants for IFW Commissioner).

LePage told me he doesn’t know all the people on his team. He clearly reached out beyond his known universe to find people with experience in state government and politics as well as the business community.

Ann Robinson, one of the three people at the top of LePage’s Transition Team, will lead the group of advisory team members assigned to the natural resource agencies.

These teams will look for efficiencies in state agencies, recommend policy and program changes, and present LePage with 3 to 5 recommended people for agency commissioner positions. LePage said his commissioners would need to have, “thick skin, loyalty to his agenda, and chemistry with him.”

He also said he would personally interview all recommended candidates before making his choices.

He hopes to have all his commissioners and an agenda for change at each agency ready to go on January 5, 2011, when he will be sworn in as Maine’s next governor.

It’s a very ambitious time line but his team left the press conference for a meeting at the nearby offices of the Preti Flaherty law firm to get to work immediately.

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