Governor LePage Appoints Jonathan LaBonte as Director of Office of Policy and Management

June 4, 2014

For Immediate Release: June 4, 2014
Contact: Peter Steele, Director of Communications, (207) 287-5086

AUGUSTA – Governor Paul R. LePage announced today the appointment of Jonathan P. LaBonte as the Director of the Governor's Office of Policy and Management.

LaBonte will take over the leadership of OPM from Richard Rosen, who has been appointed Acting Commissioner of the Maine Department of Administrative and Financial Services.

"I am pleased to appoint Jonathan LaBonte as head of OPM," said Governor LePage. "He has a deep understanding of municipal, county and state budgets, and he is not afraid to propose bold and innovative solutions that protect the taxpayer, but continue to provide services more efficiently and with less cost. We appreciate his out-of-the-box thinking, and we welcome his knowledge and his enthusiasm for moving the state forward.”

LaBonte has served as a county commissioner in Androscoggin County. In 2011, he was elected as the youngest mayor in Auburn’s history. He is now serving his second term.

A native of Auburn, LaBonte attended the University of Maine in Orono, graduating with a B.S. in chemical engineering. He worked at a consulting firm in the private sector in Massachusetts before returning to Maine for graduate courses in public administration and governance at the University of Maine.

LaBonte has served as a municipal policy consultant in higher education and transportation planning. Most recently, he was the executive director of a regional land trust focused on supporting working forests and farms and securing recreation and public access along the Androscoggin River.

He has been named to the MaineBiz “Next” list, which features individuals who are predicted to influence Maine’s economy, as well as to MaineToday Media’s “Forty under 40” list, which recognizes young leaders under 40 who are making a difference in the business community and throughout the state.

LaBonte has also been named the Jay, Livermore and Livermore Falls Chamber of Commerce Businessman of the Year.