LINCOLN, Maine – Police Chief William Lawrence isn’t yet ready to hang up his gun.
The 56-year-old interim town manager has withdrawn his name from consideration as a replacement for Town Manager William Reed, he said Tuesday.
The Town Council, which discussed in January keeping Lawrence on, will now begin looking for other candidates, Chairman Steve Clay said after an executive session Monday in which councilors discussed their hiring options.
“I have dedicated my life to law enforcement. I have been in it for 30 years and I am not ready to walk away from it. That is where my passion is,” Lawrence said. “I am flattered that the council has shown an interest in me and valued my credibility, but this is not where I want to put my future at this time.”
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.
Lawrence said he had “gone back and forth” in weighing his options over the last several weeks before making the decision.
“The experience over the last several months doing both jobs has been great. It has given me the opportunity to bring people together and collaborate on different things,” he said.