GREENVILLE, Maine — Gary Lamb announced his resignation as Greenville’s town manager last week and will become the town administrator for Waterboro.
Lamb submitted his resignation to Greenville’s Board of Selectmen on June 6 and will remain Greenville’s town manager until Aug. 6 at the latest, he said on Wednesday. His contract requires a 60-day notice.
The Waterboro Board of Selectmen announced Lamb as its town administrator during Tuesday night’s meeting.
Lamb said he is leaving for professional and personal reasons.
“There’s some communication issues” with the Board of Selectmen, Lamb said on Wednesday. “Those issues arose last November. There was also a concern as to whether or not there’d be an extension of my contract in November.”
Lamb said he would not elaborate further.
“I will work with Greenville selectmen and staff to help as much as I can during this transition, and have told this Board I will come back for a couple days [to help] my successor if that is desired,” Lamb wrote in an email to staff.
A Sanford native, Lamb said he has enjoyed his time in Greenville. He enjoyed mountain biking, hiking and fishing in the area. He was hired in November 2010 as Greenville’s town manager and earned a $60,000 salary.
“I love living here. I really didn’t want to leave,” he said.
Lamb, 58, said he’s unsure when exactly his last day will be. Because he resigned on June 6, his 60-day notice runs out on Aug. 6.
“The selectmen here said if I need to leave earlier for another job, they said they’d let me go early, and I appreciate that,” said Lamb.
Waterboro residents voted to change to a town manager form of government starting on July 1, said Lamb. The vote was held last November.
Dennis Abbott, chairman of the Waterboro Board of Selectmen, said Lamb was selected from a field of 40 initial candidates.
Abbott said Lamb’s title will be town administrator, but he will have responsibilities consistent with those of a town manager.
Waterboro, a town of about 8,000 people, has the potential for a commercial growth spurt, said Abbott.
“We look at Gary as someone who can bring that to fruition. We’re looking forward to it,” said Abbott.
Lamb said a lot has changed in Waterboro since he grew up in the area.
“It’s changed a lot in my generation. It used to be a community with lots of cows, horses and hayfields,” he said. “Now it’s a bedroom community for Portland, Saco and Kennebunk. It has a good Board [of Selectmen] right now that’s pretty positive and progressive.”
Lamb has served as an assistant planner and assistant code enforcement officer in Kennebunk and as a Town Council member in Sanford. He is also a former wildlife biologist with the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife. He was selected from a field of 26 applicants for the Greenville town manager position.
“[My wife] Judy and I will leave Greenville with many new friends and some great memories,” Lamb wrote in his resignation email. “We have been coming here for 34 years, and I will keep coming on weekends and vacations to hike, bike, hunt and fish. I will continue to keep up on Greenville affairs and look for great economic development changes in the years to come. Greenville is going to grow in a positive sense, because it is the perfect place to be the premier four season destination recreation community in the northeast.”