HOULTON, Maine — A Houlton man who moved up the ranks in the town’s administration before leaving for a brief job with another entity will return to the municipality in a new role next month.
Town councilors announced at their Monday meeting that Wade Hanson, who once worked as the town’s code enforcement officer and its community development director, will be the next town manager.
Hanson, who attended the meeting, will assume his new position on Sept. 10.
Hanson was hired in September 2001 as manager of the town’s civic center, and in 2002 as the town’s code enforcement officer. He took over as its community development director in July 2007. Hanson resigned from that position last September to serve as the economic development director for the Houlton Band of Maliseets.
The town had been searching for a replacement for Doug Hazlett, who resigned as manager in March after seven years in the position.
In July, the council accepted a second round of applications as part of its search process, which generated interest from 34 applicants. The council met in executive session in late July to review the applications and start the interview process.
Councilors were happy to have Hanson back.
“It is good to say that we have a local person to be town manager,” said Chairman Paul Cleary.
Councilor Sue Tortello agreed, saying that Hanson is committed to the town and has a strong vision for it.