City Council | City of Presque Isle | Presque Isle, Maine

Presque Isle was settled in 1828 and incorporated as a municipality on April 4, 1859 from Plantations F, G and H.  It annexed the town of Maysville in 1883 and was incorporated as a City on January 1, 1940.  The City operates under a Council-Manager form of government.  The City Council, composed of seven individuals elected at-large on a non-partisan basis, is the governing body of Presque Isle.  The Council is granted “all powers possible for a City to have under the Constitution and the laws of the State of Maine” by Article 1 of the City Charter.  Council members are elected to staggered four year terms.

Each year, the City Council elects a Council Chair who presides at the meetings, represents the City in intergovernmental relationships, appoints with the advice and consent of the Council the members of citizen advisory boards and commissions, and performs other duties specified by the council.  The chair is the head of City government for all ceremonial purposes but has no administrative duties.

The City Council appoints three administrative positions – the City Clerk, the City Solicitor, and the City Manager.

The regular meetings of the City Council are held on the first Monday of each month at 6:00 PM in the City Council Chambers (third floor of City Hall).  On weeks where there is a Monday holiday, the meetings are held on the following Wednesday.  Agendas are available in the City Manager’s office the preceding Friday.

The City Council invites all residents of Presque Isle to attend any meeting and as part of the agenda invites citizens to address the Council during the Citizen Comment period.

City Council meetings are broadcast live via Time Warner Cable TV Channel 16.

Click here to view the City Calendar for more information on meetings and other upcoming events.

  • Emily Smith, Chair
    245 State Street
    Presque Isle, Maine
    Telephone: 764-0067
    E-Mail: emily@smithsfarm.com
    Term Expires: 12/31/2018

    Emily is a 6th generation Aroostook county farmer, as a partner and general manager of her family business at Smithu2019s Farm Inc. Emily is a 1997 graduate of NMTC with a degree in Agricultural business, and continued as a Crop Science major at California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo, CA. Emily was a national officer candidate and American degree recipient in FFA organization and continues to support Agricultural education and the FFA. Emily serves as Vice Chair of the Maine Migrant Health Program (MMHP), is a member of the NMCC foundation board of directors, NMCC Alumni board of directors, and the chair of the NMCC Alumni membership committee. Emily has a 2 year old son, Lane Mathias and enjoys gardening, hunting, fishing, and skiing.
    Mike Chasse, Deputy Chair
    330 State St.
    Presque Isle ME
    Phone: (207) 521-4500
    Email: mike@quadomated.com
    Term Expires: 12/31/2015

    Mike Chasse was born in Presque Isle and graduated from Presque Isle High School in 2000 and from the University of Maine at Orono in 2004 with a bachelors degree in electrical engineering. He worked in Foxboro, MA for an industrial control systems manufacturer doing large-scale combined cycle and nuclear power plant project proposals and engineering before moving out West to work for Doppelmayr CTEC as a project manager/electrical engineer for fixed grip and detachable ski lift installations. In 2007 he was injured in a skiing accident which nearly ended his life and paralyzed the majority of his body. After recovering from that injury and returning home to Presque Isle, Chasse has become extremely involved in his community serving on the Library Building Committee, Community Center Building Committee, Recreation and Parks Advisory Board, and the Community Center Campaign Committee. He is an avid outdoorsman, hugely involved with his familyu2019s new Bike, Board and Ski shop, and loves living life with his service dog Caleb.
    Natilee Graves, Councilor
    9 Barton St., Presque Isle, Maine
    Email: natilee.graves@maine.edu
    Term Expires: 12/31/2020

    Craig Green, Councilor
    PO Box 1430
    Presque Isle ME 04769
    Phone: (207) 762-6500
    Email: craignyl@maine.rr.com
    Term Expires: 12/31/2016
    Kevin Freeman, Councilor
    145 Academy Street
    Presque Isle, Maine
    Phone: (207) 764-2900
    Email: sledshop@mfx.net

    Term Expires: 12/31/2021
    Leigh Smith, Councilor
    56 Canterbury Street
    Presque Isle, Maine
    Telephone Number :
    Email: smith.leighs@gmail.com
    Term Expires : 12/31/2018
    Randy Smith, Councilor
    Phone: 769-4221 residence, 762-8281 office
    Profession: Farm Superintendent
    e-mail : randy.smith@maine.edu
    Term Expires: 12/31/2017

    Randy was born in Presque Isle, is a native of Castle Hill, and graduated from Presque Isle High School in 1970. He is a 1974 graduate of the University of Maine at Orono with a B.S. degree in Agricultural Mechanization, with minors in Business Administration and soil science. While a resident of Castle Hill, Randy was active in that community, serving five terms as selectman and six terms as tax assessor. He served on the Maine Potato Growers board of directors for six years, and on the Farm Credit of Maine, A.C.A Advisory board for five years. Randy has served as Project Director for the Aroostook River Snowmobile Club for ten years and as secretary for the Castle Hill Cemetery Association for over thirty years. Prior to his employment with the University of Maine, Randy was a self-employed potato grower and was employed by Cavendish Farms Operations, Inc. He is currently in his first term on city council, serves on the finance committee, and represents the council on the Presque Isle Development Fund. Randy manages the University of Maineu2019s Aroostook Farm, a 460 acre potato research facility in Presque Isle. He and his wife Deborah have two children and have been residents of Presque Isle since 2001.