Governor-Elect Paul LePage Commissioner Announcements, December 16, 2010

H. Sawin Millet, Department of Administrative and Financial Services (DAFS):

Sawin Millet is among Maine’s leading experts on the State Budget and Administration. He is currently co-chairing Governor-Elect Paul LePage’s Budget Working Group, crafting a Supplemental budget and a Biennial Budget for consideration early in 2011. He has held the following positions:

Fall 2010: Co-Chair of the LePage Transition Budget Working Group
2002 – 2010: Maine State Representative, including service on Appropriations Committee
1995 – 2000: King Administration, Associate Commissioner of Administration at the Department of Mental Health Mental Retardation and Substance Abuse Services
1989 – 1995: McKernan Administration, Commissioner of DAFS
1975 – 1979: Longley Administration, Commissioner of Education
Sawin has also been a school teacher, administrator and coach. He has worked for the Maine School Management Association and been a State Office Director to U.S. Senator Susan Collins.

Sawin lives in Waterford. He is a lifelong farmer, has five children, ten grandchildren and two great grandchildren. He has served as a Town Selectman and moderated town meeting in Waterford for forty years. He has been active with the Oxford Hills Chamber of Commerce, the River Valley Technology Center, Volunteers of America, the Oxford Hills Rotary and the Waterford-Stoneham Lions Club.

Sawin is a graduate of Bates College and has an M.ED. (Admin) from the University of Maine.

The Department of Administrative and Financial Services: (DAFS) has a broad range of responsibilities in serving the Executive, the Maine Legislature, all state agencies, and the public. DAFS serves as the principal fiscal advisor to the Governor; prepares the state budget; coordinates the financial planning and programming activities of state agencies; and advises the Maine Legislature on the financial status of State Government. The Department oversees all aspects of the civil service system and employee training and benefits.

Additionally, the Department conducts negotiations within the collective bargaining process on behalf of all state agencies. DAFS is responsible for maintenance of state owned buildings and grounds, management of public improvements (new construction, renovations and repairs), and procurement of leased premises. Various internal services for state agencies are also provided by the Department, including review of accounting transactions and procedures; implementation of account controls; operation of the computer network system; delivery of information technology services; coordination of postal services; administration of risk management/self insurance and management of purchases and surplus property. DAFS also administers the state’s lottery operations and sale of alcohol and collects state revenues necessary to support state government and agency programs. Source: DAFS website.

William Beardsley (Bill): Department of Conservation


1987-2010, president &CEO and board member, Husson College/University

1985-1986, commercial real estate and branch manager, Bar Harbor Banking and Trust

1982-1985, Alaska Department of Community and Economic Development: director of

Divisions of Energy and Power Dev., Finance and Economics, Office of Forest Products

1981-1982, Center for Entrepreneurial Development (exec. director) and associate professor of
natural resources development, Alaska Pacific University

1976-1981, Bangor Hydro Electric Company, vice president and assistant to the president

1973-1976, Green Mountain Power Corp., assistant to the president

1970-1972, Office of Governor Deane Davis (VT), aide to governor and state planner

1969-1970, UVM, assistant to the dean of agriculture, asst. prof. of economic geography

Activities (sample)

FAME (past chair and board member representing natural resources and education sectors)
Maine Development Foundation (past chair and member of the board)
ME Higher Ed. Council and ME Independent College Assn (past chair and member of the board)
2010 Farm Credit of Maine Distinguished Citizen Award
Governor King’s Blue Ribbon Commission on Maine Health Care Costs (member)
New England School of Communications (past chair, CEO and president)
Maine Tree Foundation (past board member)
Professional Logging Contractors of Maine Master Logger Certification Board (past member)
New England Electric Utility Rate Forum (past chair and member)
Governor’s (VT) Task Force on Wood as a Source of Energy (member)
Candidate for governor in 2010 Maine GOP primary
Led USAID workshop on sustainable forestry in Russia Far East

B.A. (economics), Earlham College (1964)

Ph.D. Johns Hopkins Univ., Dept. of Geography and Environmental Studies (1970): research area: resolution of conflicts in forest resource management: case study of T16R4, Aroostook Co.

Other: University of East Africa (agricultural economics), Harvard IEM (educational

leadership), Stone & Webster Electric Utility Mgnt. Institute, Harvard Forest research etc.

Natural Resources are in the Beardsley family DNA. His ancestors owned timber limits and operated sawmills in Hancock County shortly after the Civil War. Bill’s dad headed a paper mill and hydro company in Newfoundland. His son is involved in the logging industry in Maine. Bill’s doctoral dissertation related to resolving multiple use forest resource management and he has spent much of his life enjoying, studying and advocating for Maine’s natural treasures.

The Maine Department of Conservation is a natural resource agency whose bureaus oversee the management, development and protection of some of Maine’s most special places: 17 million acres of forest land, 10.4 million acres of unorganized territory, 48 parks and historic sites and more than 480,000 acres of public reserved land. The Department of Conservation, created in 1973, has as its mission to benefit the residents, landowners, and users of the state’s natural resources by promoting stewardship and ensuring responsible balanced use of Maine’s land, forest, water, and mineral resources.

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