BREWER, Maine — Holden has a new town manager.
Brewer Code Enforcement Officer Benjamin Breadmore submitted a resignation letter to Brewer City Manager Steve Bost, which Bost shared with city councilors on Wednesday afternoon.
“As of last night, I have accepted the position of town manager for the town of Holden,” Breadmore said in his letter to Bost. “I have enjoyed my time [in Brewer] and want to thank you for allowing me to be part of your team for the past four years. This was not an easy decision, but one that I believe will allow me to advance my career.”
Breadmore, a Holden resident for the past four years, said his last day at work in Brewer will be Friday, Oct. 24, giving the city time to find a suitable replacement. He said he expects his first day in Holden to be Nov. 3.
Brewer hired the Western Massachusetts native in July 2010 as a part-time assistant in the code office, eventually promoting him to code enforcement officer.
During the past four months, Breadmore said he has been serving as a back-up code enforcement official for Holden because its code officer announced plans to leave the job.
“I can kind of hit the ground running,” Breadmore said Wednesday evening.
Breadmore replaces former Holden town manager John Butts, whose retirement was announced in September.
“Ben has been an exemplary member of the Brewer management team,” Bost said. “He has earned a reputation throughout the community as someone who is knowledgeable, thorough and fair.”
Breadmore said he’s excited to work to shape future development in Holden, especially along Route 1A, where new businesses and business expansions are beginning to crop up. He cited the G&M Market and the Maine Military Supply expansion, including paintball and firing ranges, as examples of continuing development in the area.
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Correction: A previous version of this story referred to the city of Brewer as a town in one instance.