LINCOLN, Maine — Town Council members will interview two finalists for the open town manager’s job next week, council Chairman Steve Clay said Tuesday.
The two, Clay said, were chosen from a list of 20 applicants to replace interim Town Manager William Lawrence, who is also the town’s police chief.
“It is moving along. We found some people we wanted to bring back and we will see how they do the second time around,” Clay said. “I don’t know if it is good or bad.
“We did it [interview selection and scheduling] a lot by who was available to come in and be interviewed,” Clay added, “and now we are at this point.”
Lawrence withdrew his name from consideration as a replacement for Town Manager William Reed in January, saying that he was not ready to walk away from law enforcement.
The council voted 6-0 on Oct. 18 to terminate Reed’s probationary contract and appointed Lawrence as his temporary successor.
Lawrence is serving as police chief and interim manager for the second time. He served as manager when former Town Manager Lisa Goodwin left to become Bangor’s city clerk.
“I think Bill Lawrence is doing an excellent job,” Clay said. “If we do this ideally, we could do this quick so Bill doesn’t burn out, but we don’t want to rush right in and hire someone just for the sake of hiring them, either.”