FORT KENT, ME (WAGM) - The Aroostook County Board of County Commissioners voted unanimously Wednesday to name Ryan D. Pelletier of St. Agatha as the next Aroostook County Administrator. Pelletier will be replacing Douglas Beaulieu who is retiring in June after serving 14 years in the position.
Pelletier was selected from a pool of 15 applicants for the position. “Ryan really stood out in our minds as a proven leader here in Aroostook County. His previous experience at the local and regional level both working for various municipalities and the Northern Maine Development Commission gave him unique characteristics that we as a Board were looking for. We have no doubt Ryan will be an effective and progressive leader for the Aroostook County government organization,” said Paul j. Adams, Chairman of the Board of County Commissioners.
Pelletier most recently served as the Town Manager of Madawaska, a position he has held for the past two years. Prior to his service in Madawaska, Pelletier worked for five years at the Northern Maine Development Commission as the Director of Economic & Workforce Development. While at NMDC, Pelletier held the dual roles as Executive Director of the Aroostook-Washington Workforce Investment Board and Leaders Encouraging Aroostook Development (LEAD) Inc. Pelletier previously worked eleven years as the Town Manager of St. Agatha and one year as the Town Manager of Wallagrass.
“I am excited to be joining the Aroostook County government team in this new role. I hope to bring my previous work experiences in economic and business development, organizational management and government operations to a broader level. I am anxious to get to know the elected and appointed officials of Aroostook County better and begin working on collaborative initiatives on behalf of the people of the County.” Pelletier stated.
Outgoing Administrator Beaulieu informed staff following the County Commissioners meeting on Wednesday by saying, “Ryan is a progressive and effective administrator. He has a sharp mind and a real passion for public administration. He is a natural fit for the job,” Beaulieu wrote in a prepared statement.
Pelletier holds undergraduate degrees from the University of Maine at Fort Kent in business management and political science as well as a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Norwich University in Northfield, VT.
Pelletier resides in St. Agatha with his partner Jennifer and collectively they have four children, Sam, Gabby, Carter & Camden.