Councilor Nelson Durgin

Nelson Durgin has resided in Bangor with his wife Carla since 1967. Nelson is a 1960 graduate of Portland University (USM) with a BS in Business administration, and a graduate of Auburn University with a Masters Degree in Public Administration with a focus on public policy. After graduating from Portland University he enlisted in the Maine Air National Guard, and in 1963 was commissioned as Second Lieutenant, serving in Accounting, Finance and Budget positions. He also is a graduate in residence of the United States Air Force Air Command and Staff College and a Distinguished Graduate of the National Defense University’s Industrial College in Washington D.C. After seven years representing a New England based distributor of building materials, Nelson changed career paths in 1967 to become the Comptroller for the Maine Air National Guard. This was the beginning of a military career in which he served in several key leadership positions culminating in 1991 to his promotion to Major General and appointment as Maine’s Adjutant General and Commissioner of the Department of Defense, Veterans, and Emergency Management. Upon retirement from the military, Nelson was appointed Executive Director and Administrator of the Phillips-Strickland House, a not-for-profit corporation providing residential care and independent living services to elderly residents in Bangor. He retired after 15 years in June 2010.

As an active volunteer in the community, Nelson has led the board of directors of several area organizations including the Katahdin Area Council, BSA, Penobscot County Triad, Community Health and Counseling Center, Wings for Children and Families, The Multiple Handicapped Center (Amicus), Bangor Nursing and Rehabilitation Center and the Bangor Region Chamber of Commerce. Nelson has served as a Director of the Northern New England nonprofit organization, Aging Services of Maine and New Hampshire and was appointed by Senator Susan Collins to represent Maine at the 2005 White House Conference on Aging. As former Chair of the Bangor Public Health Advisory Board, Vice Chairman of St. Joseph Healthcare and Vice President and Treasurer of the Eastern Area Agency on Aging, and a member and former Chairman of the University of Maine, Augusta Board of Visitors Nelson works closely with community and regional leaders on issues relating to aging, education, healthcare, and wellness. In November 2010, Nelson was elected to the Bangor City Council and in 2012 he was elected Council Chair where he serves as Mayor of Bangor.. Nelson and Carla have two adult children and three grandchildren all living in the greater Bangor area.


Phone: (207) 947-8419

Term expires 2013