Comments for: Longtime town employee opts out of Houlton manager position

Posted Aug. 27, 2012, at 9:28 p.m.

HOULTON | At a Town Council meeting two weeks ago, the group smiled broadly as they welcomed a longtime employee as the new town manager. On Monday evening, they announced that he had decided not to take the job after all. During the start of the half-hour meeting, council …

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  • Anonymous

    There is still some good to come out of this…….the fact that Hazlett is gone.

  • Anonymous

    Too bad for Houlton.  It seemed like a perfect fit.  But it was a wise decision to change that policy….. it might work well in a city but in towns the size of Houlton it can eliminate people, like Wade Hanson, who would be a real asset to the town.  

    • Theodore Cohen

      For good or bad, the council changed the nepotism policy too late.
      Councilors “hired” Hanson Aug. 13 but didn’t officially rescind the policy until Aug. 27.

      • Anonymous

        But he was “hired” to start in Sept, only after the correct policy was in place. He was “selected” to he the person to fill the position, but would not have been “hired” until he started…..apples and oranges now…..Houlton lost out on having a guy who MIGHT have been a real good choice. Someone who has grown up here, worked here, and has the Town’s best interest and future as his top priority.

        He wasn’t at fault, because the Town Council didn’t have the policy in place, but he was put in an awkward position before he even had a chance to start, so in the Town’s best interest at this time, he has elected not to accept the postion that he was selected to fill

        Hopefully they get it right next time

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