I know Commissioner Paquette fairly well. She is a fine public servant whose work is appreciated. I wish her well in her new position with the University of Southern Maine.
Governor LePage Commends MDOL Commissioner Jeanne Paquette for Her Service
April 28, 2017
For Immediate Release: Friday, April 28, 2017
Contact: Adrienne Bennett, Press Secretary, 207-287-2531
AUGUSTA – Governor Paul R. LePage announced today that Jeanne Paquette, Commissioner of the Maine Department of Labor, will be leaving the administration to take a position with the University of Southern Maine.
“We are proud of the work Commissioner Paquette has done at MDOL to improve services for Maine workers and the businesses that employ them,” said Governor LePage. “Under her strong leadership, MDOL has become more efficient and more responsive to the needs of both our employees and our employers. The Department has stepped up its efforts to provide assistance and retraining when jobs are lost and to help Mainers prepare for and find good jobs. During her time at MDOL, Maine has seen the lowest unemployment rate since 1976 and the highest number of private-sector jobs ever created in our state. We are truly sorry to see Jeanne go, but we wish her all the best in this exciting next chapter of her life.”
Commissioner Paquette served as Deputy Commissioner for MDOL from July 2011 to September 2012. Coming to the LePage Administration with more than 20 years of experience as a business owner and human resources specialist, she fostered a comprehensive understanding of how the Department of Labor interacts with employers and employees. Her background in human resources was focused on finding good jobs for good people and led her to found several industry-related publications and websites, including the Employment Times, HR Times and MyJobWave.com.
Prior to founding her media businesses in 1999, which later merged with Sun Media Group, Paquette held the position of vice president, human resources at Androscoggin Bank based in Lewiston. She previously served as the director of human resources at Creative Work Systems, a non-profit serving people with disabilities.
She has also served as a past member of the Maine State Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, the Maine Jobs Council and several non-profit boards.