Gov. LePage appoints state conservation commissioner to Maine Board of Education
By Greg Janetka
PORTLAND, Maine: As of today, the Maine Department of Conservation and Maine Department of Agriculture no longer exist, as they officially merged to form the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry. Walt Whitcomb, who had served as agriculture commissioner since January 2011, heads up the new department.
As this left Conservation Commissioner Bill Beardsley without a job, Gov. Paul LePage (R) stepped in, nominating him to the Maine Board of Education. Beardsley will face a legislative confirmation hearing on September 5. An unsuccessful Republican candidate for governor in 2010, Beardsley long served as president of Bangor's Husson University.