MILLINOCKET, Maine — Town Manager Eugene Conlogue has a new three-year contract and a $1,431 raise, town officials said Friday.
The Town Council voted 7-0 after an executive session last week to pay Conlogue $74,413 annually, backdated to July 1. The contract will lapse on June 30, 2011. As part of it, Conlogue will get any increase afforded any other nonunion salaried employees on the dates those employees get raises, the contract states.
Council Chairman Wallace Paul said he was pleased to give Conlogue the deal.
“That was an easy one, especially for me,” Paul said Friday. “I think we have an excellent manager. I am enjoying working with him. I am very pleased, very pleased.”
Conlogue did not immediately return a message seeking comment on Friday.
Since 2004, Conlogue’s contract has risen from $66,738. Arranged in December 2004, that deal represented a 3 percent raise and expired June 30, 2006.
Conlogue was the town manager of Gouldsboro, Fort Fairfield and Washburn before coming to Millinocket. He worked for Gouldsboro for six months, resigning to work for Millinocket. He worked for Fort Fairfield for two years. Before that, he served as town manager for Washburn for nearly five years.
Conlogue belongs to several municipal and regional organizations. He was selected from among 22 candidates for the Millinocket job in 1999. He holds a master’s degree in public administration and a bachelor’s degree in secondary education from the University of Maine.
His new salary parallels that paid to the closest municipality of similar size. Former Lincoln Town Manager Glenn Aho earned about $70,000 as Lincoln’s town manager when he left to become city manager in Auburn last summer. At about 5,000, Millinocket’s population is about 200 fewer than Lincoln’s.
Conlogue and councilors have been negotiating intermittently since the summer.