BANGOR, Maine — Rosie Vanadestine, Bangor’s director of community and economic development, is leaving her post in the Queen City after taking a job at the helm of Kennebec Valley Council of Governments.
Vanadestine will replace outgoing Executive Director Ken Young, who is leaving the organization after 12 years.
John Doucette, Skowhegan town manager and president of the Kennebec Valley Council of Government’s board of directors, said in a news release that 48 people applied for the position.
Vanadestine, who has been with the city since 2010 and previously worked in Lisbon, Fairfield and Rumford, did not immediately respond to a message requesting comment on Tuesday. She became interim director in Bangor in April 2012 after Rodney McKay retired. The interim tag was removed later that year.
Bangor City Manager Cathy Conlow said Tuesday afternoon that Vanadestine lives in Skowhegan and has been commuting to Bangor.
“[The Kennebec Valley Council of Governments] is lucky to hire Rosie Vanadestine to be the new executive director,” Doucette said in a news release. “She brings to [the organization] assignment significant experience with community and economic development gained from working for multiple governments in Maine. I am confident she has the skills and experience to lead [the council] as it enters its 46th year of service to its member municipalities.”
The Kennebec Valley Council of Governments’ goal is to grow and stabilize the economy in Kennebec, Somerset, and western Waldo counties through collaboration and sharing of resources.
“Since [Vanadestine] has been at the helm she has implemented new procedures that integrate our approach to customer service, implemented new policies for the sale and lease of City owned properties, and overall restructured our Department to be more responsive to the development community and the public,” Conlow said, adding that she was disappointed to see Vanadestine go.
Conlow said there are no immediate plans to begin a search for a new community and economic development director, as the city is focusing on its budget process.