Posted on: April 17, 2017

Cumberland County Commissioners Appoint Jim Gailey as County Manager


At their June 12, 2017 meeting, the Cumberland County Commissioners appointed Jim Gailey as County Manager in a unanimous vote, 5-0. Gailey, who came to Cumberland County in August 2016 as Deputy County Manager and had been the interim County Manager since April 2017. 

“We are very excited to have Jim on board full time as the County Manager,” Cumberland County Commissioner Chair Susan Witonis said. “We look forward to what the future holds for Cumberland County Government, its employees and its citizens.”

Prior to coming to Cumberland County, Gailey was the South Portland City Manager for nine years. Gailey also held several municipal positions in South Portland over his nearly 30 year career with the city. In 2001, he received a master’s degree in public policy and management from the Muskie School of Public Service at the University of Southern Maine.  In 2014, the Maine Town, City and County Management Association recognized Gailey as the Linc Stackpole Manager of the Year.

Cumberland County is located in Southern Maine and is comprised of 28 local municipalities encompassing over 283,000 residents over 853 square miles. Cumberland County is committed to providing quality services to all citizens equitably, in a responsive and caring manner.  Five Commissioners are the chief elected officials of the County. Their primary role involves setting policy and approval of the county budget. This process allows the commissioners to assess county operations for both efficiency and effectiveness.  In 2010, voters in Cumberland County approved a first-ever Charter for the County.  The Charter defines how County Government organizes itself, selects officers, officials and employees, and establishes departments, agencies and boards.

For more information, please contact Cumberland County Commissioners Chair Susan Witonis at 207-871-8380 or witonis@cumberlandcounty.org.    



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