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Dawn DiBlasi, Maine Law ’03, hired by Somerset County

June 19, 2013

PORTLAND, Maine – A 2003 graduate of the University of Maine School of Law was appointed this spring as the county administrator for Somerset County.

Dawn DiBlasi of Fairfield earned the unanimous support of the Somerset County Commissioners, who picked her from 37 candidates. Located in north-central Maine, Somerset County has a population of roughly 50,000, and encompasses the west side of Moosehead Lake and a long stretch of the international border with Quebec, Canada.

Commissioners are counting on DiBlasi to bring “unity and a voice of reason” to the commission board, according to a report in the MaineToday Media newspapers.

“She seems to have a lot of energy, personality – very, very capable,” said Commission Chairwoman Lynda Quinn of Skowhegan. “Hopefully she will pull us all together and find a page on which we can all work.”

DiBlasi has always been a hard worker. At age 15 she began working fulltime at McDonald’s, while attending Waterville High School, to support her disabled parents. She worked second jobs throughout her teen years, and double shifts at the Scott Paper Co. mill in Winslow. She studied at Kennebec Valley Technical College, Thomas College, Colby College and the University of Southern Maine, all while working fulltime. After graduating from Maine Law, DiBlasi opened her own law office in Oakland in 2006, and then moved to Main Street in Waterville.

“I think I’m qualified for the job because I have very good people skills. I have good mediation skills – alternative dispute resolution skills – and the legal background,” DiBlasi told MaineToday Media. “I’m able to look at the statutes and understand complex policy.”

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Media contact: Trevor Maxwell, communications director at Maine Law
Office: 207-228-8037/ Cell: 207-286-4431/ email: trevor.maxwell@maine.edu

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