Two candidates vie for election to personnel board

By Susan Mustapich | Jun 05, 2018

CAMDEN — Jonathan Beitler and Stephanie Griffin are running for one three-year term on the Personnel Board at the polls June 12.

The polls are open 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the Camden Public Safety Building on Washington Street.

The candidates were asked why they are interested in serving on the Personnel Board and about any background experience they will bring to the position, and responded via email.

Jonathan Beitler

Beitler noticed the Personnel Board position was unfilled last year. He thought that was regrettable and decided to run for the position this year.

While in business school, one of the most important things he learned was the importance of an outside perspective. He sees external advisory boards, outside inspectors, boards of directors, and direct customer feedback as mechanisms most organizations have institutionalized to better understand how the outside world views each organization's performance.

"We have a wonderful group of town employees," he said "but I hope to bring the perspective of a “customer." My focus would be on what the town and its employees can do to provide better, friendlier, more efficient services to our citizens, visitors and employees."

He has been married for almost 30 years to Dr. Mary Katherine Hayes, a full-time resident of Camden. They have "three great children, all of whom I would love to live in Camden," he said.

Beitler is an academic radiation oncologist at Emory University, who has authored or co-authored 104 published, peer-reviewed research articles, a book, numerous scholarly reviews and more.

He has an extensive background in management, having served as vice chair, acting chair and chair of radiation oncology. Since 1998 he has been editor in chief of "Practical Reviews in Cancer Management," which sells subscriptions for summaries of the most important articles in cancer from the past month. He is principal investigator for the NRG Cooperative group at Emory with a staff of 12 people and, with two co-principal investigators, runs a $2.86 million National Cancer Institute research grant that is in its fifth year. He is chairman of the Radiation Control Council, which is in charge of safe use of radiation throughout Emory University and its affiliates.

In clinical practice, he has received a number of awards, including Top Doctor, Atlanta Magazine awarded yearly from 2010-2017.

His service to national organizations includes past President of the American Radium Society, where he remains on the Board of Directors as the organization’s first Senior Advisor).

He has served as an Army Reservist or National Guard since April 1983, and is 36th year of service. He is currently Connecticut Army National Guard State Surgeon, responsible for medical assets and readiness. He served as Brigade Surgeon for the 35th Combat Aviation Brigade (Kuwait) and has has received many military commendations and awards. Beitler likes to march in Camden’s Memorial Day Parade and to kayak out of Camden Harbor.

Stephanie Griffin

Griffin welcomes the opportunity to be of service to the community and is thrilled  to be running for a seat on the Personnel Board for the town of Camden.

"This is an opportunity to be of service to the town, but also an opportunity for me to expand my knowledge and understanding of the town of Camden’s municipal government," she said.  She states that a highly-trained and skilled workforce is a primary contributor to a successful organization, including public entities.

"As a member of the Personnel Board I will have the opportunity to seek out, interview and hire employees that will add to the overall strength of the town’s workforce," she said.

While working full-time as a licensed insurance agent at Allen Insurance, Griffin has earned a certificate in human resources, as well as a bachelors in public administration from the University of Maine.

She has learned that listening and learning from those around you is an important part of life and an important part of creating a healthy town government.

Griffin believes that building relationships with employees and the volunteers who operate the town, and providing them a chance to be heard on matters that concern them, should be important to a personnel board member.

"If elected, I fully intend to use my education and life experience to advocate for both employees and a successful town government," she said. "Serving our community will give me the opportunity to learn, to impact others and to be a valued team member in moving the town forward."

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