ENFIELD, Maine — SAD 31 board member Michael Pearson plans to resign his position within a week so he can assume his new job as town manager on July 1, he said Tuesday.
The Board of Selectmen voted 2-0 last week to hire Pearson, 68, a former Old Town City Council member and a state representative and senator who represented the Old Town and Indian Island area for 20 years. He will replace Town Manager Theresa Thurlow, who will step down after 10 years.
“I am really very pleased. It’s my hometown and I am pleased that they accepted me,” Pearson said Tuesday. “I hope that I can do the best I can to be the manager of the town.”
Pearson will be paid $32,000 in the position. The town will not have to pay for his medical insurance.
Thurlow announced in late November her plans to leave the position. As town manager, she helps coordinate town policies with the Board of Selectmen, oversees all facets of town government and its employees, and acts as the town’s No. 1 representative in matters of business, taxes, government services and liaison with residents and other agencies.
As the town’s code enforcement officer, a position she will retain beyond July 1, Thurlow works with businesses and residents as an inspector, permit and plan reviewer, and first responder to disputes or questions regarding buildings and property lines.
Thurlow has worked for the town in various capacities for 24 years. She also manages Morgan’s Beach in the summer, another job she will continue.
She will work with Pearson next month to acclimate him to his new job, she said.
With Selectman Sonny Reed having stepped down, the board likely will wait until the town meeting next month to set specific goals for Pearson, Thurlow said.
Pearson said he will regret leaving the school board, where he represented Enfield.
“It’s been very interesting to me,” he said.