Warren hires new town manager

Posted Oct. 02, 2013, at 8:19 p.m.
Last modified Oct. 02, 2013, at 10:17 p.m.
Elaine Clark
Elaine Clark

WARREN, Maine — A lawyer with extensive experience in state and education administration is the new town manager.

Elaine Clark of Farmington, Conn., was unanimously hired Wednesday night as the town manager by the board of selectmen.

Clark will begin work in the first week of November. Her pay will be $75,000 per year.

“She was the best candidate at the end of the process,” Board Chairman Doug Pope said.

Clark has served as vice president for real estate, facilities and infrastructure planning for the board of regents for higher education for the Connecticut State Colleges and Universities since March 2012. For the prior six years, Clark was executive director for facilities, real estate and planning for the University of Maine.

The new manager purchased a farm in the neighboring town of Waldoboro last year and said in her cover letter to the town that she would enthusiastically make a long-term commitment to Warren.

Clark also has worked as an attorney for the Maine Department of Transportation and before that worked in private practices at Murray, Plumb and Murray in Portland; and McSwiney, Jones, Semple and Douglas in Concord, N.H.

She graduated from the Western New England College School of Law in Springfield, Mass., in 1981.

In her cover letter, Clark listed her experience in budgeting, financial and personnel management, employee relations, organizational management, workplace safety, community relations and strategic planning.

Glenn Aho has served as interim town manager for Warren since Grant Watmough retired on Nov. 8, 2012. Aho will stay on for awhile to help with the transition.

Aho said the projects he is most pleased with accomplishing in his nearly year with the town are on the financial and personnel front. He said he has outlined a plan for financial self-sufficiency and for dealing with cash flow problems. Other accomplishments he cited were writing improved contractual agreements, a new investment policy and a new personnel policy.

There were 28 applicants in this second successful round of a search for a manager. The board passed earlier this year on hiring anyone after the first round, which attracted 30 applicants.

Warren has a population of 4,751, according to the U.S. census, and is the home of the Maine State Prison and the associated Bolduc Correctional Center, also known as the prison farm.

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