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Dixfield Town Manager wins Rookie of the Year award
DIXFIELD- Dixfield town manager, Gene Skibitsky, was chosen as Rookie of the Year 2011 by his fellow peers at the Maine Town and City Management Association's 66th New England Management Institute three-day seminar held at Sebasco Estates on August 24.
A surprise buffet luncheon was attended by over 80 town managers and their staffs. Gene's wife Leslie and son David, as well as Dixfield selectmen Norine Clarke, Malcolm Gill and Katherine Harvey, and five Dixfield employees were also on hand for the surprise award.
Nominations for the award were due on June 30 to the MTCMA awards committee chair Perry Ellsworth, South Berwick town manager. The nominee must be a new manager who has been in the profession for five years or less, done a particularly good job in the community, may have resolved a difficult problem, provided strong leadership during a crisis and/or brought new vitality and professionalism to the community. The manager can be nominated by his peers, staff, citizens or elected officials.
Gene was nominated by the Dixfield Board of Selectmen, staff and employees for his effectiveness with personnel, finances and communications. He saved the water department over $192,000 upon taking the steps to refinance two loans and lowering interest rates. Gene is appreciative of the work others do and graciously accepts constructive criticism. He has created team work, brought the town through many difficult decisions and projects and has healed the wounds of divisive management.