BUCKSPORT, Maine — Bucksport Town Manager Roger Raymond plans to retire at year’s end after more than a quarter-century at the helm of government in this riverfront town.
Raymond will submit his letter of resignation to the Bucksport Town Council during Thursday’s meeting.
Raymond said he had originally planned to retire last year but decided to stay an additional year after talking with others in the town. He plans to continue working through December to allow the council to find a new town manager.
On Wednesday, Raymond said it was a difficult decision but he feels it is time to begin another chapter in his life.
“I don’t plan on retiring from work,” he said. “I plan on taking a little time off and then deciding what to do.”
Raymond has served as town manager during a time of major change in Bucksport, a town of roughly 5,000 located on the Penobscot River south of Bangor.
When he began as town manager in 1985, Bucksport relied on the paper mill that is the town’s largest employer for 71 percent of the tax base. Today, Verso Paper represents roughly 43 percent of the town’s tax base.
Raymond said he is also proud of the fact that Bucksport has been able to invest in its infrastructure in recent years — building new schools, a public safety building and multiple trails — without taking on new debt.
Other items on the council’s agenda for Thursday include:
• Consideration of an offer from Bangor Gas to extend a gas line into town from the Verso mill.
• Review of a letter concerning the use of “smart meters” in town.
• Consideration of a request for town money to help the state pay for improvements to Route 46.
The council is scheduled to meet at 7 p.m. in the Bucksport Town Office.