Newburgh To Appoint New Treasurer 

Town officials in Newburgh are planning on appointing a new deputy town treasurer when the selectboard meets Monday.That person will replace Cindy Dunton, who’s allegedly admitted to stealing nearly $200,000 from the town. However there’s still a lot of anger among residents and one member of the selectboard admits he’s partially to blame.A group of about 25 Newburgh residents, who call themselves the fixers, say they’re outraged at their town officials. Claude Bolduc is a former code enforcement officer with the town and calls the alleged theft of around $200,000 a total systematic failure. He says there’s plenty of blame to go around. “An analogy would be a bank where somebody walks out of the bank with $300,000,” Bolduc says. “Would you say, oh well the responsible person is the robber? Well no, you would say what happened to the alarm system, what happened to the guard, what happened to the safe?”At least one member of the selectboard is admitting now that he, as a selectman, should shoulder some of the blame. Stanley Smith is in his 6th year on the board and says inexperience played a role in allowing this to happen. “I will take blame for it. I didn’t steal anything and I didn’t take anything,” says Smith. “We did drop the ball on some things. We didn’t request certain things, didn’t really know we were supposed to I believe.” Smith says he repeatedly asked Cindy Dunton and former town manager Nancy Hatch for the town’s financial reports, but he says it was difficult to get the documents. “We now know why because Cindy was hiding the fact that she was taking money as far as i’m concerned.”Newburgh’s First Selectman Leonard “Bud” Belcher says he agrees with Smith. Inexperience did play a part in the theft going undetected. Belcher says he blames poor job training that he received from former town manager Nancy Hatch. Belcher also says he doesn’t believe a group of residents that say they knew about the missing money before the select board found about it.Smith says he wanted Dunton fired a few years ago after he found out she had used the town’s credit card to charge personal items for her husband, but he says he was overruled and Dunton kept her job. Now he’s not sure what he can do to regain the trust of the citizens. “I don’t know what else to do but resign and I’m not doing that,” he says. “Because resigning to me would be saying that I’m guilty of something and until this is all over, until the town is running properly again, I’m not gonna resign.”Penobscot County District Attorney Chris Almy tells TV 5 his office just received the final report from state police investigators regarding Cindy Dunton. They’re planning to present the case to the next grand jury. We also tried to reach Dunton’s attorney today for comment and did not receive a call back.