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Governor-Elect Paul LePage

AUGUSTA, Maine — Mainers will learn this week who Gov.-elect Paul LePage would like to serve in two Cabinet posts to oversee state police and to head military and disaster response agencies.

The Republican is planning a news conference Wednesday to announce the first two of his 15 Cabinet appointments, transition team spokesman Dan Demeritt said.

…LePage’s choices for top administration posts have spurred much speculation. Transition officials will not reveal any names, and LePage has said only that he has interviewed candidates to head the Conservation Department and the Public Safety Department.

Widespread speculation in the State House and on government-watch websites point to William Beardsley, one of LePage’s six rivals for the GOP gubernatorial nomination earlier this year, as the governor-elect’s choice for Conservation Department commissioner…

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