Bangor councilors to interview more candidates for manager

Posted Sept. 26, 2010, at 7:56 p.m.

BANGOR, Maine — City councilors have scheduled three interviews this week with city manager candidates and then will meet in executive session toward the end of the week to discuss whether to make an offer.

Councilors have scheduled interviews, which are conducted in executive session, for today, Tuesday and Wednesday and will meet again Thursday.

Earlier this month, councilors made an offer to a finalist in the search, but both sides were unable to come to an agreement, forcing the city to start the search anew.

“Despite the best efforts by both parties, over the past few weeks, there were items outside of the city’s control that prevented us from reaching an agreement with our initial choice,” City Council Chairman Richard Stone said at the time.

It has been 11 months since Ed Barrett was essentially forced to retire from the post he held for 22 years in Bangor. Barrett is now city administrator in Lewiston, a position he assumed in early January.

Bangor councilors launched a nationwide search to find a replacement for Barrett in February and hired the Mercer Group, an Atlanta-based recruiting firm, to oversee those efforts.

This summer, councilors settled on three finalists, each of whom was brought to Bangor to interview in person for the position. One of those finalists later withdrew from consideration.

Also Monday, councilors will meet before the regular council meeting to discuss amending the city’s employment agreement with interim City Manager Bob Farrar.

Farrar has been the city’s interim manager since Barrett left, but he did not apply for the job permanently. He is expected to return to his position of assistant city manager and human resources director once the city manager post is filled.

The council’s goal has been to have a manager in place before the next City Council chairman is appointed in early November.

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