Lincoln close to hiring new town manager

Posted June 09, 2012, at 4:54 p.m.
Last modified June 09, 2012, at 5:27 p.m.

LINCOLN, Maine — The Town Council might hire a new town manager on Monday to replace interim Town Manager William Lawrence and the departed Lisa Goodwin, chairman Steve Clay said Saturday.

“We’ve picked a final candidate and the only thing missing is signatures on a contract,” Clay said. “There is a good possibility that we will make the decision Monday night.”

Clay declined to identify the candidate or discuss the salary offer being negotiated, but said residents will have a chance to discuss the hiring at the meeting, which will start at 7 p.m.

The town’s police chief, Lawrence succeeded Goodwin in late March when the latter, the town’s former town clerk, took a city clerk’s position in Bangor earlier that month.

Lawrence received a temporary 10 percent pay increase, increasing his salary to what would be about $62,000 annually, as part of the deal, Lawrence has said.

The chief has largely performed in a caretaker’s role, handling everyday operations and communication between councilors and town department managers. Lawrence said he informed town department heads of the possible hiring on Thursday and Friday.

The manager’s position drew as many as 28 applications, from which councilors interviewed seven finalists. The candidate selected “has the qualities that each councilors was looking for,” Clay said.

“Everyone was looking for certain things in a town manager, and they all might be different, but he had enough to satisfy all seven of us,” Clay added. “He had enough experience, and the vision he had for the town, it was the same vision for a lot of town councilors, though I am not going to speak for everyone.”

“Personally, I think people will like him,” Clay said.

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