Old Town close to filling empty city manager seat, looks ahead to elections

Posted Oct. 03, 2011, at 5:02 p.m.
Last modified Oct. 04, 2011, at 8:46 a.m.

OLD TOWN, Maine — The City Council has whittled down its field of city manager applicants to two.

The council will meet with the finalists Tuesday night for another round of interviews.

Nearly 40 hopefuls applied for the position, according to Don Gerrish of Eaton Peabody Consulting, the group hired by the city to run the search. Eaton Peabody narrowed that group down to 11 or 12 applications last month, which it passed on to the council for review.

“I think [the councilors] feel comfortable with the two candidates,” Gerrish said Monday.

After Tuesday’s interviews, the council will decide if it wants to open negotiations with one of the candidates. Gerrish wouldn’t reveal who the finalists are, but said a hire should be announced in the coming weeks.

Municipal elections are scheduled from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 8, at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 5 Gilman Falls Ave.

Six candidates are running for three council seats now occupied by council chairman David Mahan and councilors Scott LaFlamme and Dave Fiacco, whose terms are up.

Mahan is on the Nov. 8 ballot, running for a new term, as are former councilors William Lovejoy and Linda McLeod. Vernor Buckley, Joseph Pluff and Stanley Peterson also are vying for the open council spots.

A candidates forum emceed by former Maine Secretary of State Matt Dunlap, an Old Town resident, is scheduled for 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 19, according to Mahan.

Two positions are open for the school board, but only Ronald Sagner, an incumbent, has put his name in to be on the ballot, according to the city clerk.

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