GREENBUSH, Maine — Lincoln Code Enforcement Officer Jerry Davis will be the town’s new top administrator, replacing retired Town Manager Rob Littlefield starting April 11, officials said Tuesday.
The Board of Selectmen voted 3-0 to hire Davis as town manager and code enforcement officer on Thursday at a salary of $40,000. Davis has worked for the town as its part-time code enforcement officer for about three years.
“We think he’s a good fit for Greenbush,” Charles Adams, chairman of the Board of Selectmen, said Tuesday. “Jerry knows the town real well. I think he is only 51 years old, so he brings a little bit of energy that most of us are running out of, and he has a real desire to learn. When he gets into something, he has to learn everything about it.”
“Even though he is basically [going to do] on-the-job training, I have no qualms at all that he will be up to speed in no time,” Adams added.
Davis, 51, of Lincoln has been that town’s code enforcement officer for about 6½ years, he said. He took the new job not for any financial reward but for the personal and professional challenge of the work, he said.
“I want to better myself,” Davis said Tuesday, “learn more aspects of municipal government. They are combining the two positions [town manager and code enforcement officer], so the new job will leave me with more family time.”
“I’ll miss working with the town contractors and the people,” Davis said of Lincoln. “Everybody’s been good to me — my boss, the town manager, the town councilors. I have been treated very well here. It’s not a political or an economic thing.”
Greenbush is a town of about 1,400 people just south of Passadumkeag and east of Edinburg and Argyle along Interstate 95 south of Exit 217.
As Lincoln’s CEO, Davis handled the inspection of town buildings, review of building plans, and maintenance of the town’s shoreline properties, ensuring that property owners complied with local and state environmental codes. With Code Enforcement Supervisor Ruth Birtz, he also led a successful campaign several years ago to rid the town of illegal junkyards and blighted properties.
Davis’ success at enforcing shoreline codes is illustrated, Birtz said, by the fact of there being about 20 violations a year when he started in the job, compared to one or two annually now. “He is a model for shoreline zoning enforcement,” Birtz said.
“I think he has done an outstanding job as the CEO,” Birtz added. “I don’t look forward to handling the [vast] volume of work that he handles.”
In taking over for Littlefield, he replaces a 24-year veteran, Adams said.
“He has been excellent. I certainly could not not find anything bad to say about Rob. He is leaving for health reasons, or we would keep him forever,” Adams said.