75-applicant pool winnowed to two for Newcastle town administrator post

Posted Jan. 10, 2012, at 5:18 p.m.
Last modified Jan. 27, 2012, at 2:01 p.m.

NEWCASTLE, Maine — The search for a new town administrator in this coastal town has progressed from 75 applicants to two finalists.

Town Administrator Ron Grenier, who will retire at the beginning of March, said Tuesday he expects a decision from the Board of Selectmen by the end of the month.

“The two finalists have been invited back for more interviews,” said Grenier, who has been in his post for four years. “I can’t really say more than that because this is being done in executive session.”

The hiring committee is made up of Grenier, the five members of the Board of Selectmen, a planning board member and Town Clerk Lynn Maloney. They first culled the influx of 75 resumes to a dozen semifinalists, four of whom the committee interviewed last week. Grenier said he could not divulge any details about the two finalists until the committee makes a decision. He said he hopes the process progresses quickly enough so there will be an overlap between him and his successor.

In a town administrator form of local government, the administrator performs most of the functions a town manager would but doesn’t have the authority to hire or fire employees. Newcastle, which is in coastal Lincoln County, has fewer than 2,000 residents.

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