NEWBURGH, Maine — Longtime Town Clerk Lois Libby was hired at a special meeting Friday to serve as interim town manager, while an investigation into the current manager and the deputy treasurer continues, Selectman Leonard “Bud” Belcher said.
“She’s been there 31 years,” Belcher said of Libby.
Before the town office was built, Libby’s kitchen was where people would go to conduct town business, Belcher said, adding he went to her home to get hunting licenses as a youth.
“We used to have the selectmen’s meeting there,” he said.
Town Manager Nancy Hatch and Cindy Dunton, the deputy treasurer, on Monday were placed on administrative leave with pay while an auditor reviews the town’s books.
Selectmen hired Robert Brown and CPA Solutions LLC of Bangor to conduct the audit, which is expected to take two to three weeks, said Belcher, who is chairman of the board.
In addition to being the town manager, Hatch also is town treasurer and the tax collector.
To fill Dunton’s shoes, Libby hired Sherri Denis of Hampden as interim deputy town treasurer.
Potential inaccuracies in the town’s financial records that came to light late last week forced the postponement of most of the scheduled annual town meeting last Saturday.
The town has scheduled a meeting for 9 a.m. Saturday, April 10, at the school to take up the budget.
During Friday’s meeting, selectmen also:
— Appointed Glen Williamson as fire chief to replace Gary Sibley, who is now deputy fire chief.
— Heard that Dixmont’s animal control personnel will provide coverage in town on an interim basis.
— Changed town office hours. The office will be open 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday, noon-5 p.m. Tuesday, 1-6 p.m. Thursday and 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday. It will be closed Wednesday.