TREMONT, Maine — Dana Reed, who served as Bar Harbor’s town manager for 27 years, has found a new job, though it may only be short-term.
Reed was appointed interim town manager in Tremont by selectmen Monday night.
Kathi Thurston, chairwoman of Tremont’s board of selectmen, said Tuesday that Reed’s term as interim town manager is “open-ended.” She said the town does plan to search for a permanent replacement for former Town Manager Carl Young, who resigned abruptly earlier this month after less than one year on the job.
Tremont officials are focused on getting through the end of the fiscal year at the end of this month before they decide how to address the town manager position, she said.
“It’s not going to be tomorrow,” Thurston said about the search, adding that she and other town officials are happy someone with Reed’s experience can help manage the town’s affairs in the meantime.
“From my point of view, we’re very lucky that he was available to come over and help us,” she said of Reed, who lives in Bar Harbor.
Reed, contacted Tuesday at the town office, said his intent in taking the position was to help the town keep its operations running and to help find a new permanent manager — a process that he said will involve public input. Reed said he wasn’t necessarily looking for a new permanent job for himself — but has not ruled it out, either.
He said his agreement with the town calls for him to work on a per-diem basis, which likely will start as four days a week and then reduce to three days a week, for as long as he and the town elect to continue the arrangement.
“I’m meeting old friends and making new ones,” Reed said of his new appointment.
Reed, who had worked as Bar Harbor’s town manager since November 1986, left the post last month after some residents objected to his contract there being renewed.
Scrutiny of Reed’s record as Bar Harbor’s manager had intensified over the prior months after Reed placed former Bar Harbor Police Chief Nate Young on leave and then fired him — a move many Bar Harbor residents criticized.
At a May 6 Bar Harbor Town Council meeting, when Reed and the council announced they had agreed on terms for Reed to resign, councilors said they thought the town had been well-served during Reed’s tenure.