BRIDGTON, Maine — Bridgton’s town manager of more than eight years has submitted his written intent to retire later this year.
Mitchell Berkowitz said in a letter to the town’s selectmen that he anticipates that his last day as a municipal employee will be Oct. 2, although he indicated that he plans to begin taking vacation leave starting in early July, Georgiann Fleck, the town’s public information officer, said in a news release.
“After a great amount of thought and discussion with my wife, Sally, I have arrived at that point in my life where I am ready to transition to ‘the next set of great adventures,’” Berkowitz said in his letter, submitting during a selectmen’s meeting on Tuesday.
“I am planning my retirement so that we can properly address many issues and provide for an orderly approach to the changing of the guard,” he wrote.
Berkowitz has more than four decades of experience in municipal government. Before he became Bridgton’s manager, he was town manager for Gray, Colchester, Vt., and Berlin, N.H., according to published reports.
In his letter, Berkowitz said he wanted to provide town officials ample time before he leaves so that he will be available to help develop the budget for the coming fiscal year, be available to the town’s new auditors and staff members and provide selectmen guidance in their search for a new town manager.