DOVER-FOXCROFT, Maine — Thomas Kittredge, who has served as the Piscataquis County Economic Development Council’s executive director since April 2007, will leave his position on June 18 for a similar job in Belfast.
Kittredge, who is giving up his job with the nonprofit organization to work as a city employee, said he has enjoyed his tenure but sees the new position as a great opportunity.
“I think it’s going [to be] a good fit between me and Belfast, and I’m very excited to work with the city manager and the city of Belfast,” Kittredge said Wednesday. “I think we can do some great things.”
Kittredge, who will serve as Belfast’s first economic development director, said he would bring his experience to a city that has a lot of “buzz” going on. He has been offered a salary of $51,500.
While Kittredge served in Piscataquis County, his office was successful in obtaining a number of grants to help local communities, including some to help Milo rebuild its downtown after an arson fire destroyed several buildings.
The Piscataquis County Economic Development Council’s executive committee met Wednesday morning to discuss a transition plan in the wake of Kittredge’s resignation. It plans to reach consultant John Holden of Bangor to see how he can assist the county during the transition, Sophia Wilson, the council’s president, said Wednesday. Holden helped create the council and has assisted the county over the years.
Wilson said the committee recently offered the community development position previously held by Ken Woodbury, who resigned in December 2009, to an individual whose name is not being released because the individual has not yet acted on the offer. She hopes the job will be filled soon.
“We have several projects ongoing that we really need some assistance ensuring that they are managed properly,” Wilson said. “The needs of the community don’t stop while we deal with a vacancy, so it’s very important that we still have somebody ready and available to respond to the business and community needs in the region.”