Eastport prepares for new manager

Posted Dec. 15, 2009, at 9:38 p.m.

EASTPORT, Maine — The morning after the City Council accepted the city manager’s resignation, a meeting between Council Chairman Robert Peacock and City Manager George “Bud” Finch helped iron out some details to allow for a smooth transition when Finch leaves his position in 15 days.

At Monday night’s council meeting, Finch offered his resignation, citing his inability to work with a hostile council. The resignation was unanimously accepted by the council. Finch said there were difficult and complex times ahead for Eastport and that both the manager and the council needed to be marching to the same drummer to be effective.

Peacock and Finch met Tuesday morning “for a very professional and productive meeting,” Peacock said.

“Mr. Finch offered to help in any way needed for the transition, agreed to prepare a memo showing the short-, medium- and long-term issues he has been working on or that are facing Eastport, and discussed pending and proposed grant applications,” he said.

Peacock said the council and the manager will be working together on a plan for the transition and the hiring of a new manager. He said a timeline for the process is being created.

“We both agreed that we would work together in the best interest of the people of Eastport in a professional manner that they would expect from the City Council and the city manager,” Peacock said.

Peacock added, “It was a pleasure working with Bud this morning.”