UPDATED: Marine Resources Commissioner Norm Olsen Resigns; Maine Dems Respond

Posted on July 20, 2011. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , |

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Wednesday, July 20, 2011
Contact: Adam FisherGovernor Accepts Resignation of Marine Resources Commissioner

Augusta – Norm Olsen, Commissioner of the Maine Department of Marine Resources, offered his resignation to Governor Paul LePage this morning.  Governor LePage accepted the resignation, which is effective today.

Patrick C Keliher, who was previously Acting Deputy Commissioner of the Department of Marine Resources has been sworn in as Olsen’s replacement and will serve in an acting capacity while the search opens for a new Commissioner to lead the agency.

“I am grateful to Commissioner Olsen for his work in my administration.  Moving forward, I’m confident in Mr. Keliher’s abilities to continue our important work of improving opportunities for Maine’s coastal communities.”

Keliher has worked for the Department of Marine Resources since 2007, when he was hired as director of the Bureau of Sea Run Fisheries and Habitat.  Prior to his state service, he was Executive Director of the Atlantic Salmon Commission.

MDP Ben Grant’s response:

 

Press Releases
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 20, 2011MDP Chairman’s Response to the Resignation of Norm Olsen
Another One Bites the Dust

AUGUSTA, ME – Today Norm Olsen resigned from his post as Commissioner of Marine Resources. This is the second resignation from a member of the LePage administration in so many days and the fifth resignation since Governor Paul LePage took office this January. Maine Democratic Party Chairman Ben Grant released this statement:

“This is a clear reflection of Governor LePage’s poor leadership capabilities. It’s the fifth resignation since he took office. If it weren’t so serious, it would be comical at this point. In any other line of work, a new CEO who couldn’t keep his own hand-picked team together for more than a few months would be out the door. Candidate LePage told everyone he would run Maine like a business, that he would surround himself with the best and brightest. Instead he has surrounded himself with his cronies and shown those who don’t agree with him the door. It has been an embarrassment to our State. What Maine needs right now is a steady hand at the rudder to steer us through a difficult time – instead, we have Paul LePage.”

Earlier this year Phil Congdon resigned from his post as Commissioner of the Department of Economic and Community Development because of racists comments he made while speaking at an event in Aroostook County. Darryl Brown resigned form his post as commissioner of the Department of Environmental Protection because of a conflict of interest. Dan Demeritt resigned from his position as communications director for Governor LePage. Just yesterday, Lawrence E. Dwight Jr. announced his resignation from the Economic Forecasting Commission following his arrest.

With now multiple errors committed regarding the illegal land deal with Prison Warden Patricia Barnhart and finance chief Sawin Millett taking the blame, will we see yet another resignation soon?

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