Veazie hires retired Holden manager on temporary basis

Posted Sept. 22, 2011, at 9:47 p.m.

VEAZIE, Maine — The Town Council hired a retired Holden town manager to temporarily fill Veazie’s vacant town manager seat during a two-minute special council meeting Thursday night.

All four councilors at the special council meeting voted in favor of the appointment. Councilor Jon Parker was absent.

Larry Varisco, who retired in 2007 after a nearly 17-year career as Holden’s manager, will work a few days per week in Veazie as the town searches for a long-term manager. He will have the same pay rate as former Town Manager Bill Reed because that amount already has been budgeted.

Exactly how many hours he’ll work per week hasn’t been determined. Varisco said it will depend largely on the types of projects he’ll be working on.

Town Attorney Tom Russell swore in Varisco immediately after the special council meeting adjourned.

The council will discuss at a future meeting whether it wants to conduct the search for the next manager itself or hire an outside group, such as Eaton Peabody Consulting or Maine Municipal Association, to advertise the opening and sift through applications.

The council voted not to renew Reed’s contract at a meeting on Sept. 12. Reed’s contract stipulated that the town would need to give him a month’s pay for each of his 18 years as manager if they voted to terminate his contract, which totaled more than $100,000.

The next council meeting is scheduled for Oct. 11.

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