St. John Valley

Fort Kent town manager earns tax collector and treasurer certification

FORT KENT, Maine – Fort Kent town manager Suzie Paradis has earned certification as a tax collector and treasurer from Maine Municipal Tax Collectors’ and Treasurers’ Association.

“This certification process has required many hours of dedication to achieve … and requires that applicants receive training in a number of courses that relate to their field of expertise,” MMTCTA wrote in a letter to the town.

Paradis served as Madawaska economic and community development director, acquiring multiple millions of dollars in grant money for that town, before taking on the position of Fort Kent town manager in 2018. 

“She is doing a fantastic job as manager,” Fort Kent Council Chairperson Jake Robichaud said. 

Paradis has brought much to the table according to Robichaud, including recognizing the need for infrastructure investments and following through with that, hands on involvement with the struggles that faced the police department, being active with the chamber of commerce, reaching out to community members and business owners to find what their needs are and demonstrating “a compassionate heart.”

“Employee morale is the best I’ve seen yet. She recognizes the potential in her employees and pushes them to achieve the most they can by providing opportunities,” Robichaud said. 

Paradis will be recognized for receiving the certification in the MMTCTA newsletter Dollar$ and Sense, and her certificate will be awarded at the 2022 MMTCTA Annual Conference.

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