Houlton town manager expected to resign Monday

Posted April 11, 2014, at 12:26 p.m.
Last modified April 11, 2014, at 6:05 p.m.

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HOULTON, Maine — Eugene Conlogue, who was hired by the Town Council to serve as town manager in the community in Sept. 2012, will resign from the position Monday evening, according to a town document.

The matter is listed as an agenda item for the council meeting, which begins at 6 p.m. Monday, at the town office. Conlogue requested that the council accept his resignation effective immediately, according to the agenda.

Conlogue declined to take a phone call at the town office from the Bangor Daily News on Friday to discuss the decision. He instead said through a clerk that he would be unavailable to speak until Tuesday.

Conlogue spent 13 years as Millinocket’s town manager, and he was hired in Houlton after Doug Hazlett resigned the position after seven years for private sector employment.

Town Councilor John White said that he could not discuss the situation before the meeting, but he did say Friday that it’s “unfortunate things didn’t work out differently.”

“Hopefully, we find a suitable replacement in a timely fashion,” he said. “I wish Gene well in his future endeavors.”

Council Chairman Paul Cleary was unavailable for comment Friday.

Conlogue’s hiring at an annual salary of $80,138 with no time restrictions written into the contract came after the council thought it had found its new manager in Wade Hanson, a Houlton resident who once worked as the town’s code enforcement officer and its community development director before resigning in 2011 to serve as the economic development director for the Houlton Band of Maliseets.

On Aug. 13, 2012, councilors announced that Hanson was hired to be the next town manager and was expected to take the post on Sept. 10.

Two weeks after he was hired, however, Hanson changed his mind. He gave no reason for his decision and remains employed by the Maliseets.

Councilors said after hiring Conlogue that they were pleased with the decision. He started his position in mid-October 2012.

The council also plans to speak publicly about the search for a town manager on Monday evening, while also appointing an interim town manager. In the past, Town Clerk Cathy O’Leary has served in that position until new town managers have been hired. O’Leary was not working Friday and unavailable for comment.

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