CARRABASSETT VALLEY — For her work in community outreach during the COVID-19 pandemic, Bucksport Town Manager Susan M. Lessard was presented with the Maine Town, City and County Management Association’s Leadership Award Aug. 11 at the 75th New England Management Institute annual conference.

Bucksport Town Clerk Jacob Gran issued a press release announcing the honor.

Each year, the institute selects one manager to receive this award. It is given out to recognize a public administrator for a particularly bold and innovative project, or for solving an unusually difficult problem. Bucksport Mayor Peter Stewart nominated Lessard for her “Pay it Forward Bucksport” program implemented during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic. Under Lessard’s direction, the town of Bucksport administered financial grants to over 100 small businesses, provided grocery store gift cards to over 120 residents and delivered over 6,000 free meals to local senior citizens.

“Without Sue’s innovation, this idea would not have come forward and flourished,” said Stewart.

Lessard has spent more than 38 years in municipal government in Maine. She has served as Bucksport’s town manager since 2015, and has previously held similar positions in Vinalhaven, Livermore Falls, Fayette and Hampden.

Reprinted from the Ellsworth American.

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