ST. AGATHA, Maine — Officials in St. Agatha will begin searching for a new municipal leader after Town Manager Ryan Pelletier announced his resignation Monday.
Pelletier, who has been town manager since 1999, said Tuesday he resigned in order to pursue other interests.
He said Tuesday he plans to remain on the job until March 5 and intends to help the community and Board of Selectmen during the interim as they recruit a new town manager.
“Change is always good when it comes to municipal management and local government,” Pelletier said. “I think a town is better served and the people are better served when new ideas and new ways of thinking are embraced.”
During his tenure as town manager, Pelletier has overseen the addition of a community-owned fitness center, a public library complete with new equipment, and a salt storage facility at the Public Works Department.
He also was at the helm while more than $5 million was invested in the town’s wastewater system, including two major sewer line extensions. The town also has secured a wealth of equipment and has built walking trails and a tennis court in the municipal recreation park under Pelletier’s guidance.
“I don’t take sole credit for a single thing we have accomplished,” he said Tuesday. “The success of any community is a team effort. I’ve simply had the pleasure of being the team captain of this one.”
Pelletier said that his love for the town, the staff and the people of St. Agatha made it hard for him to leave his current position.
“For a small town, I think you would be hard-pressed to find a more dedicated and reliable staff of people and a community that encourages progressive thinking like that found in St. Agatha,” he said.
St. Agatha’s tax base has increased by 34 percent during Pelletier’s time as town manager, and the tax rate has remained relatively constant. Pelletier credited the situation to sound financial planning and saving for rainy days.
Pelletier also has remained active at the state level by serving on various committees and study commissions. In 2003, he was elected to his first term as a member of the executive committee of the Maine Municipal Association and became that organization’s president in 2006.
The Maine Town and City Management Association designated Pelletier its “Rookie of the Year” in 2001, and in 2003 the University of Maine at Fort Kent Alumni Association presented him with the organization’s first Outstanding Young Alumni award. In 2004, MaineBiz magazine named Pelletier to its Next List, an annual publication announcing people who MaineBiz thinks will influence the future of Maine’s economy.
Pelletier was selected in 2007 by the Maine Chapter of the American Society of Public Administrators as its Public Administrator of the Year.
The manager said he is looking forward to watching the next town manager “move the community further along.”