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Maine energy chief Kenneth Fletcher retiring

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) -- Maine's energy director, Kenneth Fletcher, is retiring.

To coincide with Fletcher's announcement Wednesday, Gov. Paul LePage named Patrick Woodcock of Hampden as the new energy office director. Woodcock will assume the director's post as of Jan. 7.

The 67-year-old Fletcher has advised LePage for two years on energy issues. Fletcher previously worked in the pulp and paper industry for more than 30 years, advised U.S. Sen. Olympia Snowe on energy and environmental issues, and worked as a consultant. Fletcher also served in the Legislature.

LePage praised Fletcher as "an experienced professional who brought decades of managerial and technical knowledge to the table."