Governor's Office of Policy and Management Names William Schneider As Deputy Director

January 7, 2013

For Immediate Release: Monday, Jan. 7
Contact: Adrienne Bennett, Communications Director (207) 287-2531

AUGUSTA – Former Maine Attorney General William J. Schneider is joining the Governor’s Office of Policy and Management (OPM) as its Deputy Director.

Schneider, a graduate of West Point and retired U.S. Army Captain and Green Beret, has long been a public servant who is well-respected for his thoughtful, collaborative approach to complex issues.

After graduating from the University of Maine School of Law, he worked first as a Maine Assistant Attorney General in Cumberland County and then after September 11, 2001 as an anti-terrorism prosecutor in the U.S. Attorney's Office before being called on to be Maine’s Attorney General in January of 2011.

He also served two terms in the Legislature, including one term as Assistant Republican Leader.

At OPM, Schneider will be part of a team that identifies and implements improvements to State government operations and services and facilitates intergovernmental coordination, including through budget development and review across agencies and the evaluation of economic incentive programs including tax policy.

He begins his new position effective immediately.

“I am grateful that former Attorney General Schneider will continue his public service to the State of Maine. His considerable skill and talent provides a tremendous asset to the Office of Policy and Management. I have witnessed and admired his strong work ethic, unwavering integrity and commitment to serve the people of Maine for years. I am enthusiastically looking forward to this new opportunity to work with him to identify and implement efforts to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of State government,” said OPM Director Richard W. Rosen.

"I am honored to have the opportunity to continue to serve my State in this important role. As someone who always keeps a copy of the U.S. Constitution in my pocket, I have a great appreciation and respect for the mission of this Office and this Administration. Throughout my work in Maine State Government, I have continually fought to ensure government is fair, open and accountable while best serving its citizens and I look forward to doing that in my new position," Schneider said.

Schneider lives in Durham on an alpaca farm with his wife, Barbara, and their daughter.