BANGOR, Maine — Longtime Bangor City Manager Ed Barrett will retire on or before April 30, 2010, largely as a result of the City Council’s expressed willingness to pursue a new direction for the city.
“It has been both an honor and a privilege to serve the citizens of Bangor over the past twenty-two years and to work with elected officials who have consistently made every effort to do what is best for our community,” Barrett said in a statement released Tuesday. “I am proud of our accomplishments over this time, and I look forward to adding to them over my remaining time in office.”
The city council recently indicated a desire for change and, during an executive session on Monday, councilors reached a retirement agreement with Barrett, who will assist the city during the transition to new leadership.
“When I arrived in Bangor as a stranger from away, I was warmly welcomed by everyone,” he said. “That welcome has only increased over the years, as has my commitment to do my best with the trust placed in me. It has been an honor to serve the citizens of Bangor.”
Gerry Palmer, chair of the city council, said Barrett was a decided municipal leader who helped make Bangor the envy of most other communities across Maine and New England.
“Mr. Barrett’s commitment to fiscal creativity and efficiency, his legendary writing and documenta-tion skills, plus his hard work and integrity have served Bangor extremely well,” Palmer said. “His re-sponses to constituent issues have been focused, friendly, and patient, without exception.”