CAMDEN, Maine — The town will have a new parks and recreation director next month.
Town Manager Pat Finnigan announced Friday that Landon Fake of Bethel has been selected. His name will go before the Camden Select Board on Sept. 17 for formal confirmation.
Finnigan said the position is a key one in the community, especially with the town’s emphasis on natural resources and outdoor recreational opportunities.
Fake was selected from among nearly 80 applicants from Maine to California. He will succeed Jeff Kuller, who had been the director for eight years before he died unexpectedly in a timber harvesting accident last November.
“Camden is a great example of a town government working with engaged citizens to create incredible recreation opportunities,” Fake said in a news release issued by the town. “I’m really excited to be part of that.”
Fake was the director of the Outward Bound Atlantic Region Wilderness programs where he managed programming and a $3 million budget. While there, his responsibilities included managing facilities, programs, logistics and supervising major capital construction projects.
Finnigan said that Fake’s skills and experience are ideally suited to continue Camden’s outdoor recreational traditions and lead planned initiatives.
“As we embark on the next step in the Ragged Mountain redevelopment, now more than ever we need a director who has a track record of taking major capital projects from ideas to reality, and the financial management expertise that brings projects in on budget,” Finnigan said.
Fake initiated and led Outward Bound’s relocation of its base of operations from Hurricane Island to the mainland, a strategic move that presented a multitude of challenges in order to streamline facilities and operations to ensure financial sustainability.
Fake is the executive director of Western Maine’s Mahoosuc Pathways where he has been instrumental in working with the Town of Bethel and other stakeholders to develop a new 2,400-acre community forest of land for regional recreational uses, including multi-use trails for hiking, biking and skiing.
In addition to his current position, Fake is a member of the Bethel Conservation Commission, a member of the Mahoosuc Land Trust board, and advises outdoor organizations in the U.S. and internationally about developing recreational programs.
Fake lives in Bethel with his wife Margaret Haberman. They have two daughters Anna, who attends Guilford College in North Carolina, and Cathryn, a dedicated International Ski Federation racer who will be graduating from Gould Academy in June. Fake plans to relocate to Camden this fall.