2016-09-09 / Front Page

Councilor heads to top of Maine Municipal Assoc.

By Wm. Duke Harrington
Staff Writer

SOUTH PORTLAND – City Councilor Linda Cohen has a new role in which she’ll speak not only for the city, but for nearly every municipality in the state of Maine. In January, Cohen is slated to become vice president of the Maine Municipal Association, which represents 486 incorporated communities.

In that role Cohen will be head of MMA’s Legislative Policy Committee, which lobbies at the state Legislature on behalf of cities and towns. She also will be in line to succeed incoming Maine Municipal Association President Laurie Smith, town manager of Kennebunkport, for the top Maine Municipal Association post in 2018.

A city councilor since 2012, Cohen was mayor in 2015. She served as city clerk for South Portland from 1989 to 2001, and for Portland from 2001 to 2011, having since worked in the banking and real estate fields. She previously worked code enforcement, assessing and police department jobs and is a past president of the South Portland-Cape Elizabeth Community Chamber of Commerce. A University of Southern Maine graduate with a degree in business administration, Cohen also has a degree in law enforcement from Southern Maine Community College.

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