HERMON, Maine — With Town Manager Clint Deschene heading to his new job in Auburn, town councilors here have entered agreements that will provide them an interim manager and help finding their next one.
Town Council Chairman Timothy McCluskey said that town councilors tapped the law firm Eaton Peabody earlier this week to provide interim managerial services for three months or until a qualified candidate is found.
The interim manager assigned to Hermon is Roger Raymond, who retired as Bucksport’s town manager and treasurer in late April after having served in that capacity for 27 years, McCluskey said.
Raymond, who joined Eaton Peabody Consulting Group after his retirement, will begin working in Hermon at the beginning of next week, McCluskey said. Raymond is scheduled to be at the town office on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.
On Tuesdays and Thursdays, Raymond works for the town of Milo, which lost its manager in early April, when Jeffrey Gahagan abruptly resigned amidst an investigation into allegations that $45,000 was missing from a local club for whom he was treasurer.
McCluskey said Raymond’s long tenure in Bucksport was a testament to his abilities and his strengths, chief among them his financial acumen and sound management principles. These qualities, he said, have been keys to his success and earned him the respect of his colleagues.
Before he was hired as Bucksport’s manager, Raymond served as Eagle Lake’s town manager, tax collector and treasurer.
With regard to the search for Deschene’s successor, McCluskey said the council has entered an agreement with Starbird Leadership Consulting, an affiliate of Rudman Winchell, to do the legwork needed to find a qualified candidate.
According to McCluskey, the Starbird consultant assigned to the Hermon manager search is Rosemary Loring. He said Loring has a long history of matching communities with vacant managerial positions with qualified professionals.
“The council met with the consultant for the first time on May 29 to exchange thoughts, ideas and expectations for the incoming replacement manager and to lay the groundwork for the candidate search and hiring process,” he said.
Loring ran her own staffing firm for 14 years before joining Rudman Winchell and Starboard, he said. In that capacity, Loring recruited and placed candidates for clients in a variety of industries, with positions ranging from entry- to high-level management.
The town’s legal counsel, Edmond Bearor, is working with Loring to ensure the candidate suits the needs of residents, staff and town councilors.