The Stockton Springs Board of Selectmen has announced the appointment of Richard Couch as town manager. Couch arrived in Stockton springs on April 11. First Selectperson Sara Bradford made the announcement.

“We worked with the Maine Municipal association to find a candidate and we are looking forward to working with our new manager,” Bradford said.

Couch has relocated to the midcoast area from central New York to begin his appointment. Couch holds a Masters in Public Administration from the University of Maine at Orono. He has held a variety of leadership and administrative positions in Maine, Washington, D.C., and New York State. While with the American Cancer Society, Couch led the field effort behind Maine’s Smoke Free Restaurant law in 1999 and New York State’s Clean Indoor Air Law in 2003. Couch helped coordinate the implementation of New York State’s statewide health care reorganization in 2007/2008 and worked as an advocate for road and bridge repair and maintenance with Associated General Contractors of New York State from 2008 through 2010. Couch has served as a volunteer on the Zoning Board of Appeals and the Planning Commission for the City of Cortland,  N.Y.

“I’ve spent my career in government and government relations working to keep people safe and to make sure that government is serving their needs. My work in Stockton Springs will be a continuation of that work. I look forward to working with the members of the selectboard to meet the needs of our residents,” Couch said.

Selectperson Lesley Cosmano said, “I’m glad that Rich is on board an I look forward to working with him.”

Selectperson Peter Curley said, “I think Mr. Couch will be a good fit with the town of Stockton Springs and will work well with us.”

Couch takes over from Interim Town Manager Joshua “Skip” Day III, who has filled in part-time since former manager Joe Hayes resigned in January. The new town manager and the Board of Selectmen are all grateful to Day for his recent service to the town.