MADISON, Maine — Update (12/24/21):
On Dec. 13, the Anson-Madison Water District Board of Trustees voted to contract all district operations and day-to-day management with the Maine Rural Water Association.
A news release from the Maine Rural Water Association stated Kirsten Hebert will be in charge of district operations and staff.
"As a result of this contract with MRWA, all existing district employees were laid off on Dec. 14," the release stated. "In recognition of their service to the district, those employees were given a severance benefit and were advised to apply with MRWA for any open and available positions. None of the employees laid off on Dec. 14 were terminated due to misconduct or any accusation of wrongdoing."
Former Superintendent Michael Corson was fired Dec. 7, the release stated.
The trustees declined to comment on any criminal charges related to Corson's termination, or that of another employee, former foreman Michael Jordan.
Former Anson/Madison Water District Superintendent Michael Corson and former foreman Michael Jordan were charged with theft for allegedly stealing and selling scrap metal from the water district, then splitting the profits among other employees.
A representative for the Anson-Madison Water District Board of Trustees contacted the Somerset County Sheriff's Office on Oct. 28 to report that employees were allegedly selling scrap metal that belonged to the water district, according to a news release from the sheriff's office.
The suspects also allegedly used water district construction equipment to deliver the stolen metal to a local scrap facility 21 times between March and October.
The investigation found proceeds were allegedly being divided among Anson-Madison Water District employees, authorities said.
Corson, 52, of Madison, and Jordan, 31, of North Anson are scheduled to appear in Somerset County Unified Criminal Court on Feb. 16, 2022.