The Washington County Commission is made up of three commissioners which represent Washington County. Each commissioner is elected to a four year term and serves constituents from one of three districts.
2016 Meeting Schedule: Meetings are 2nd Thursdays at 4PM unless otherwise stated.
January 14 | February 14 | March 10 | April 14 | May 12 | June 9 | July 14 | August 11 | September 15 | October 13 | November 10 | December 8
After college Chris served for over a decade as a law enforcement officer throughout Washington County as a member of the Washington County Sheriffs Department particularly in the communities of Lubec, Machias and Calais; today he still serves as a reserve officer in Eastport. In 2004 Chris was first elected as a County Commissioner and won re-election in 2008 and 2012. Since 2007 he has had the privilege of being elected to serve as the Chairman of the Board of Commissioners.
In 2007 Chris was hired as the Executive Director of the Eastport Port Authority. Since taking over, Chris has championed the potential of the Port and which has seen record growth in both its net worth and business volume.
In 2010 Chris oversaw the Port’s expansion into the live dairy cow export market and was instrumental in the almost 10 million dollar bulk materials handling system investment at the Port.
In 2013 Chris was selected by Maine Magazine as one of Maine’s 50 people who have made a difference in Maine. The Port of Eastport was selected by the Maine Development Foundation as their “Champion of Innovation and Entrepreneurial Capacity” award winner in the same year. In his off time, Chris has spent over a decade coaching high school sports in communities such as Lubec and Eastport; he currently coaches at Washington Academy and Edmunds Community School and remains active in various community activities.
After his military service, Commissioner Crowley received 2,000 hours of training in the VA Law Enforcement Training Course and then worked his way up through the Washington County Sheriff’s Department to serve as Sheriff from 1991-1998.
Commissioner Crowley continues to be active in his community and is a strong supporter of any activities that focus on increased economic activity in Washington County.
Vinton has spent many years as a public servant. He was first elected to the Calais City Council in 1971 and went on to serve a total of sixteen years including several terms as Mayor. Vinton also served in the Maine State Senate for six years. Governor Baldacci later appointed him to the Commission on Government, Ethics, and Election Practices on which he served two years.
Vinton recently retired from Washington County Community College after 33 years, and served in many leadership positions during his tenure there. Elected as a Washington County Commissioner in 2012, Vinton began his term in 2013.
Since 2010, Fitzgerald has served as the County Manager; she has worked to increase economic development activities in the County. The County combined its efforts with the City of Eastport to focus an EDA grant of $1.4 million on building renovations in Eastport resulting in the move of a Canadian boat builder to the area. The use of TIF funds for economic development in the Unorganized Territories has spurred a number of new enterprises ranging from guiding services to trucking. The establishment of the Washington County Historical and Genealogical Society will provide an entity to care for the extensive newspaper collection and the genealogical resources soon to become available to the public. With the opening of the Washington County Heritage Center, residents and visitors will be able to view items found in the attic of the Court House and contributions from people county-wide.
Fitzgerald graduated from Washington Academy and the University of Maine, Machias. She holds a MA in Comprehensive Planning from the Edmund S. Muskie School of Public Policy at USM. She serves as chair for a number of local organizations, including the Boards of the Washington County Development Authority, the Washington Hancock Community Agency and the Harrington Family Health Center. Fitzgerald also represents Washington County on the Land Use Planning Commission as a Commissioner.