Jack F. Dexter, Jr. was born July 21, 1943 in Hartford, Connecticut. He moved to Maine when he was eleven years old and lived in Portland, Saco, Cape Elizabeth, and then at the time of this interview, Edgecomb. He went to college at Westland in Connecticut and then to Wharton at the University of Pennsylvania for his graduate degree in city government. He got a grant between his sophomore and junior years of college that allowed him to study government in Portland, Maine and this introduced him to John Menario and his future employment with the city of Portland. He started as assistant city manager to Menario and moved on to run the Model Cities program, which he did for 18 months. From there, he went to work for the Portland Housing Authority for two and a half years. He then was hired to be the city administrator of Saco, Maine and he stayed there for four and a half years, before leaving city government. After working briefly as the president of the Maine Chamber of Commerce and Industry, he went to work for the cable company Time (now Time-Warner-AOL). He later worked for A. G. Edwards, where he was employed at the time of this interview.
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