BAILEYVILLE, Maine — Linda Pagels Wentworth has accepted the position as Baileyville’s town manager.
Wentworth, who resigned last week as the first manager of Washington County after three years in the position, said she was excited to be back in the municipal arena and will begin her new full-time position Jan. 25.
Wentworth, who was formerly Calais town manager and who resides in Calais, said the commute to Machias from Calais over the past three years has been draining.
“I don’t think they paved the roads in all that time,” she joked.
“I’m looking forward to the new challenge at Baileyville,” she said, adding that she will immediately begin tackling the 2010 budget and attempting “to work with limited resources.”
Wentworth said she enjoyed her time as county manager.
“I think some significant changes were made,” she said. “I didn’t take that role lightly.”
After Wentworth resigned from the county, the commissioners said the position would be posted immediately and advertised in local and statewide newspapers. There will be no closing date for applications, and the search will remain open until a suitable candidate is found.
Wentworth said she would work part time for Washington County to ease the transition during the search.
Wentworth will be Baileyville’s sixth town manager in the past five years. The most recent manager, Michael Foster, resigned in November after three months on the job because of a medical disability.
Dottie Johnson, chairman of the Town Council, has been serving as interim town manager.