Meet the Commissioner: Art Turley
Mr. Arthur J. Turley is a native of Allen Park, Michigan. He was awarded a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering Degree from General Motors Institute. Upon graduation he attended Naval Officer Candidate School and was commissioned as an Ensign, Civil Engineer Corps, USNR.
Art’s active duty service was as Shops Engineer and Assistant Public Works Officer at Naval Air Station Brunswick. Upon release from active duty in 1969 he continued serving in the Naval Reserve retiring after 22 years of service. At his retirement, Commander Turley was Operations Director for Naval Engineering Field Division North. In that capacity, he and his staff had facilities oversight at 52 Naval and Marine Corps Reserve Centers in ten states.
Upon release from active duty he joined the firm of Harriman Associates where he was a design engineer and project manager. In 1977 he became a principal engineer at Mooney Engineering Chartered, where he served as a project manager, home inspection consultant, and expert witness in electrical engineering matters for insurance companies. Mr. Turley is a Registered Professional Engineer in Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts and Vermont.
In late 1978, he became the Electrical Engineer at Naval Air Station Brunswick performing various engineering and energy management duties. He was promoted to Facilities Management Engineering Director where he was responsible for the design and performance of facilities related work at the air station. In 1999 he became the Deputy Public Work Director (the leading civilian) where he served until his retirement in 2003. During his tenure at NAS Brunswick, he placed several management systems into place enhancing workflow within the Public Works Department saving 25% in operating costs. He was instrumental in getting the Navy to adopt a Mid-life Rehabilitation Program for naval facilities worldwide.
Art is active in several community projects. He is a Director for the Androscoggin Valley Community Network. He served on the Program Advisory Board for Central Maine Technical College and has been a guest lecturer there. He has been a volunteer at Central Maine Medical Center since 2004. He resides in Lewiston, Maine with his wife Kirsten Larsson-Turley.
He likes to read adventure stories and his favorite authors are Stuart Woods, W.E.B Griffin and Robert B. Parker. However his reading sometimes wanders from adventures and he is currently reading “Fannie’s Last Supper” by Chris Kimball.
Mr. Turley is a Friend of the Lewiston Public Library where he is Chair of the Board of Trustees. He is on the Executive Board for the Central Maine Library District. In 2009 he was appointed to the Maine Library Commission.
When asked what his future vision of libraries would be, he said “Libraries need to work together better. Collaboration is essential for survival in these lean times.” An example is the Joint Library Card developed for the Auburn and Lewiston Public Libraries.