Amherst man is Milford’s new town administrator

MILFORD – Selectmen have chosen an Amherst resident who most recently worked in Wilton to be the new town administrator. Mark Bender started work on Dec. 10.

Selectmen cited Bender’s “significant private sector business experience in the management and accounting areas,” in a press release issued the same day.

“His wide-ranging knowledge and background, along with his engaging personality, led the board to select him,” selectmen wrote, after “an extensive nation-wide search and the review of about 80 applicants.”

The new administrator takes the place of Guy Scaife, who held the job from 2006 to 2014 and left in September for a similar job in Rocky Hill, Conn.

Since then, the selectmen have been handling the town administrator’s workload, which has been challenging as well as enlightening, said board Vice Chairman Mark Fougere. Board members gained “a lot of insight and deeper understanding” of the budget and the staff during that time, he said.

“We have a great staff and it went well,” Fougere said.

In an interview last week, Bender said he has worked in corporate finance or operations for more than 30 years, from southern California to New Hampshire, “from sea to shining sea,” but recently decided to try something different.

“I saw the ad in The Telegraph, and decided to apply,” he said. “It sounded like something I would enjoy and fit in and do well, I hope.”

Most recently Bender, 62, was senior vice president of strategic sourcing at Pep Direct in Wilton, a direct mail marking firm. Before that he was regional vice president at Cenveo, Inc., a commercial printing and envelope manufacturing company in Cleveland, Ohio.

Bender said he is looking forward to working with Milford businesses, large and small, to help them expand – “that’s what drives the economy … I love Milford – all its activities and businesses serve the community well,” he said.

Bender will be paid a salary of $95,000, Fougere said.

Bender and his wife Debbie moved to the area from Ohio six years ago. They have two grown children and one who is a sophomore at the University of Rhode Island. In his spare time he enjoys reading, bicycling and woodworking.

Kathy Cleveland can be reached at 673-3100, ext. 304, or kcleveland@