Longtime Hampden Water District superintendent retires

Posted July 14, 2011, at 4:50 p.m.

HAMPDEN, Maine — The recent retirement of Hampden Water District superintendent and general manager Cameron Torrey leaves a substantial hole that the water district board will decide how to plug at a meeting next week.

“He’s been kind of teetering back and forth as far as when to retire,” said John Quesnel, president of the district’s board of trustees.

Quesnel said Torrey served as superintendent for 12 years and was a trustee before that. He did not know the length of Torrey’s tenure as a trustee.

“He retired a little earlier than some people may have expected, but there was an anticipation he would be retiring within the year,” said Hampden Town Manager Sue Lessard.

When reached by phone at home, Torrey had no comment on his retirement.

“The board meets next week and his vacancy will be one of our primary items of concern,” said Quesnel, who has been a board member for six years. “Cam put us on the map and got us where we are today. We’ve won several awards under his watch.”

The board will debate whether to replace Torrey, leave the position vacant for the time being or opt not to fill it and divide its responsibilities up among other water district officials.

“The primary focus for Hampden, as it is for many cities and towns in Maine, is to hold the budget steady and maintain or decrease the tax rate, and we want to do all we can to help in that goal,” said Quesnel. “So we’ll try to manage the infrastructure in the most efficient way possible and if [not filling the superintendent position] does that, that may be the best option.”

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