May 27, 2018
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Warren holds off on reappointing town manager

By Stephen Betts, BDN Staff

WARREN, Maine — Selectmen took no action Wednesday night on the reappointment of longtime Town Manager Grant Watmough.

The new chairman of the board said he suggested the delay to allow two newly elected members of the board time to review past performance appraisals done by selectmen on Watmough.

Chairman Doug Pope said when he first joined the board a year ago, he thought it was a lot to be asked to vote on the reappointment of the manager at his first meeting.

Pope said that while he will vote for the reappointment of Watmough he would not predict the outcome of the vote, now scheduled for Wednesday, April 18.

Watmough said Thursday he has asked that any discussion about him on the reappointment be done in an open session. Personnel matters are eligible for discussion in closed-door sessions but state law allows the employee the right to ask for it to be done in a public session.

Watmough said he was reappointed a year ago for a year. He asked the selectmen whether he was to continue working until April 18 and was told he should continue.

Watmough began work with the town as its code enforcement officer in August 1992. He first was appointed town manager in January 1996 and has been reappointed each year since then.

Voters elected two new selectmen two weeks ago, ousting a pair of incumbents. The new members included Michael York and Ed LaFlamme. York had said during the campaign that he wanted a strong board to counter a strong town manager.

York declined to say how he would vote in two weeks.

“I have no hidden agenda. We will deal with it in two weeks,” York said, adding that by then he would have had the time to read past performance reviews.

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