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For Immediate Release

January 23, 2018

Hegemann Named Festival Director

Fort Fairfield native, Meg McLaughlin Hegemann has been named as the new director of the Maine Potato Blossom Festival. Hegemann has experience planning a variety of events, as well as a deep love for the potato industry and the festival that celebrates it.meg 350 “Working the fields gave me a connection to the land here such that no other place felt like home.” After decades in Missouri, Meg and her husband, Brad, moved to Fort Fairfield in June 2016. As director, Hegemann will work with existing volunteers and recruit new ones to facilitate the week long event. “The Festival doesn't just celebrate the town of Fort Fairfield, it celebrates an industry that in many ways defines the County. It takes cooperation from a lot of people and places to make it happen. I look forward to working together to make the 2018 Festival one of the best.” The 2018 Maine Potato Blossom Festival will take place July 14 – 22 with the parade on Saturday, July 21. To sponsor an event or volunteer, contact Hegemann at mpbf@fortfairfield.org.
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Fort Fairfield’s Director of Public Safety and Chief of Police, Chief William Campbell, has announced his resignation. 



Chief Campbell, a 30-year veteran of law enforcement, will be continuing his distinguished law enforcement career by pursuing an opportunity with a new agency.  His resignation is effective March 4, 2016.

Chief Campbell has been the Chief of the Fort Fairfield Police Department since 2011 and was promoted to Director of Public Safety in 2015.  As the of Director of Public Safety, Chief Campbell oversaw the operations of the police and fire departments, and served as the town’s emergency management director.

“I have truly enjoyed my time serving the people of Fort Fairfield,” stated Chief Campbell.  “Leaving the department was a very difficult decision to make, but I know the community will continue to be well-served by the dedicated officers of the police department and the officers and volunteers who serve in the fire department.”

Fort Fairfield Police Sergeant Shawn Newell was promoted to Director of Public Safety and Chief of Police by the Fort Fairfield Town Manager on February 18th.  Newell, a 21-year veteran of law enforcement, started working as sergeant for the Fort Fairfield Police Department in 2009.

"I'm honored to have the opportunity to serve as Fort Fairfield's Director of Public Safety and Chief of Police,” said Newell.  “Working with Chief Campbell for the past four years has been a great learning experience.  I look forward to continuing to provide the same standard of excellent service to our citizens that has become expected thanks to Chief Campbell’s dedication and leadership."

“While we are sad to see Chief Campbell move on, we appreciate his years of service to our community,” said Town Manager, Jim Risner.  “We take solace in the fact that his expertise and experience will remain, as his influence on the lives and careers of the men and women he has served with will continue to serve our community for years to come.”

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