LINCOLN, Maine – Town Council members will start looking for a new town manager to replace interim Town Manager William Lawrence next month, chairman Steve Clay said Thursday.
“Our plan was to wait until the start of the new year before we started the process,” Clay said, “so there will be a discussion with the council on what we want to do next.”
The discussion will occur at the council’s meeting on Jan. 14, Clay said.
It is possible, Clay said, that the council will discuss keeping Lawrence, the town’s police chief, on as town manager.
“I have no idea if that will happen,” Clay said. “It could be done if it is worked out right, but the council hasn’t really discussed it, so I can’t speak for the others.”
The council voted 6-0 on Oct. 18 to terminate probationary Town Manager Bill Reed’s contract and appointed Lawrence his temporary successor. Councilor Shaun Drinkwater was absent.
Reed’s six-month review was due in November. He was hired in June after having served as town manager in Veazie.
Lawrence is serving as interim manager for the second time. He served as manager when former Town Manager Lisa Goodwin left to become Bangor’s city clerk.
“He has done an excellent job. He has given us steady leadership through the last two months now,” Clay said.