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Name: Matthew J. Quinn Age: 29, will be 30 on June 10th. Education: 1997 graduate of Skowhegan Area High School, AAS in Fire Science Technology from Southern Maine Community College, currently enrolled at the University of Maine at Augusta majoring in Public Administration, with a minor in Political Science. I am three classes away from obtaining my B.S. in Public Administration, and at this time next year will be graduating. This April and May I attended a 48 hour program titled “Supervisory Leadership in Public Works”. A course that deals with leadership and management styles for public works managers as well as job specific topics such as legal issues in public works asphalt and paving and surveying. Employment History: For the last four winters, I have been working my way through college, plowing snow, and a myriad of other tasks, for the Skowhegan Highway Department. During the summer months, I build scenery at Lakewood Theater. Other jobs have included working at Smart and Edwards Funeral Home and at Redington-Fairview EMS. Community Involvement: I have been a member of the Cornville Volunteer Fire Department since 1997, where I hold the rank of 2nd Lieutenant. I am also a member of the Skowhegan Fire Department, where I am a member of the Technical Rescue Team. Political Experience: I am one of Cornville’s Representatives to the MSAD#54 Board of Directors, where I serve on the Educational Policy and Program Committee, the Support Service Committee, and the Negotiations Committee.

I want to be Road Commissioner, because I love a challenging job that gives me the chance to solve problems, and the opportunity to serve the public. I truly enjoy the work that the highway department does, and I am excited at the prospect of leading this department.

I am qualified for the job because I have a good base education in Public Administration, specifically public budget and finance, labor management relations, state and local government and human resources. I recently completed a 48-hour seminar on Supervisory Leadership in Public Works and if elected would continue my education in public works issues. I have done many of the tasks that the department is responsible for, especially winter operations. I know, with the help of the crew, that I can learn the aspects of the job that I am not familiar with. I am willing to make tough and potentially unpopular decisions, and I am ready to step up to the plate and lead the department into the future.


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