AUGUSTA, Maine — Maine Gov.-elect Paul LePage announced Thursday he’s nominating a state government veteran and a former rival in the race for governor to head agencies that manage state finances and oversee Maine’s parks and public lands, and expressed confidence he’ll complete his Cabinet appointments by year’s end.
LePage, Maine’s first Republican governor since 1995, said Sawin Millett, who has served in key administrative posts under three previous governors, is his nominee for commissioner of the Department of Administration and Financial Services, which manages the state budget, collects taxes, administers lottery and alcohol sales and oversees Maine’s civil service system.
William Beardsley, 68, a former Husson College president who was one of LePage’s GOP gubernatorial primary opponents, will head the Department of Conservation, which manages state parks and public lands, the forest service and geological survey. All 15 Cabinet appointees face committee review and Senate confirmation in the GOP-controlled Legislature.
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