SANGERVILLE, Maine — Selectmen agreed Thursday to accept former Town Manager Michelle Dumoulin’s resignation, pending an audit of town finances.
Dumoulin, who was hired in June 2010, submitted a letter of resignation effective early last Monday morning without specifying the reasons in her written decision. The town was in turmoil over activities involving the public works department when she took on the job, but several other controversial issues surfaced since then, including the disposition of the former school and road repairs.
Selectman Tom Carone said having an audit done is standard operating procedure when a community is in transition. “There’s nothing of suspect nature here or anything, it’s just a standard procedure to make sure everything balances out,” he said. He said the auditor would be in the office on Monday. Dumoulin will be paid for the benefits she was entitled to, but did not use, such as two weeks vacation and compensation for days worked.
Selectmen decided to re-advertise for a public works employee in the wake of Dumoulin’s resignation. She had conducted the interviews for the position and had narrowed down the pool of candidates, but selectmen decided to re-advertise.
Town Clerk Alvina Church was appointed interim town manager and her pay will be at the same rate as the former town manager. Church was thanked by selectmen Thursday for that extra service.
The board will jointly serve as road commissioner until a new town manager is hired, but selectmen agreed it made sense to have one person serve as “road commissioner in charge” and be paid mileage. If that move meets Maine Municipal Association’s approval, Selectman Irving McNaughton, who is retired, will serve in that role.
Selectmen also approved a 2011 contract with the Bangor Humane Society for $1,747.33, and voted to hold the next meeting at 6:30 p.m. June 28, in the town hall.