P.I. manager’s contract in question

Posted Oct. 09, 2009, at 8:46 p.m.
Last modified Jan. 30, 2011, at 11:39 a.m.

PRESQUE ISLE, Maine — City Manager Tom Stevens acknowledged Friday afternoon that he likely would be out of a job next year if the City Council goes through with its intention not to renew his contract.

Stevens said the council had planned to meet on Oct. 13 to discuss the recruitment of a new city manager. Because of scheduling conflicts, the meeting has been rescheduled to 6 p.m. on Oct. 19.

He said Friday that he had some indication that his contract might not be renewed.

“I work under a contract,” he said. “In the past, I have always had multiyear contracts. Usually, when the contracts were renewed, the council would renew them for several years.”

That changed last year, according to Stevens.

“Last year they only extended my contract for one year,” he explained.

The city manager said that during a meeting earlier this month, he asked the council through his attorney to reconsider.

Stevens said the matter would be discussed at the coming meeting.

Stevens referred all other questions about the decision to councilors.

Councilor Calvin Hall acknowledged the council did not want to renew Stevens’ contract, but said the group had decided that Chairman Ed Nickerson would speak about the issue.

Nickerson did not return a call seeking comment Friday evening.

Stevens, 54, has a wealth of managerial experience.

The Old Town native started his career at the age of 21, as Millinocket’s welfare director in 1976. He was town manager of Limestone for 12 years before accepting a position as town manager in Standish.

He was hired as city manager of Presque Isle in August 1992 and is on various boards and committees.

In 2001, the Maine Town and City Management Association gave Stevens the Linc Stackpole Manager of the Year award.

He holds a master’s degree in public administration.

If Stevens’ contract were not renewed, he would leave his post in January.

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