County Initiatives

Peter Crichton

Peter Crichton, County Manager


Cumberland County Government
142 Federal Street
Portland, ME 04101

Office Hours: Mon-Fri

Cumberland County Government adheres to the following values that the county holds regarding regional relationships.

1. Citizens are the customers
2. Broad-based deliberative process
3. Build trust
4. Outreach initiatives
5. Distribution of key information
6. Identify needs & available resources
7. Identify and analyze “best practices”
8. Set attainable goals
9. Periodic monitoring
10. Continual two-way communications

Regional Tax Assessing

Cumberland County Commissioner's Office
142 Federal Street
Portland, Maine 04101
Fax 207-871-8292
November 6, 2013


Cumberland County, ME –

Cumberland County recently hired Gary James as the new Director of Regional Assessing. James will manage the newly created Cumberland County Regional Assessing Office. This new program originated as a result of the towns of Cumberland, Yarmouth and Falmouth asking the County co-operation to create a county wide assessing office, which will assess for municipalities that have contracted with Cumberland County.

James has previously worked as a commercial litigation appraisal supervisor for Charleston County, Charleston South Carolina. James said, "I am originally from the Northeast and appreciate this opportunity to return to my roots. I look forward to the challenge of creating a completely new enterprise which will provide quality assessing services with the great potential for increased savings over time for any municipalities wishing to be a part of the new regional assessing office."

"We are pleased to have Gary join our team," said County Manager Peter Crichton. "He brings over 20 years of experience as a certified general real estate appraiser to Cumberland County. This new position allows our municipalities the opportunity to participate in a regional collaborative for services and create efficiencies within Cumberland County."

James started at the County on November 4, after a hiring process with a team which included the managers of Cumberland and Yarmouth, and employees from within the County who will be working with him on a daily basis.
For more information contact Peter Crichton at

For more information, contact Gary James, Director of Regional Assessing or call him at 207-699-2475.