LINCOLN, Maine — A veteran administrator will replace Lincoln’s departing Town Manager Ron Weatherbee effective Aug. 23, officials said Wednesday.
Former Millinocket Town Manager Peggy Daigle will be paid $60 per hour to work four-day weeks at six hours per day. The Town Council voted 7-0 Monday night to hire her on an interim basis, council Chairman Steve Clay said.
“There was talk of other things, but she was the only avenue I pursued. Her overall experience with municipal management is vast, and she has always done an excellent job wherever she has been,” Clay said Wednesday.
Daigle has served as an interim city manager in Caribou and was town manager in Enfield, Houlton, Old Town and Patten. She had served as the part-time executive manager of the Bangor Target Area Development Corp. from October 2011 to March 2013, when she began work for Millinocket. She left the Millinocket job in April 2015, the same month she began her most recent administrative posting as interim town manager in Howland. She left Howland on July 1, 2015.
Daigle said she looked forward to working in Lincoln.
“I just hope to keep things rolling along. At this point I don’t see any major changes occurring,” Daigle said Wednesday. “Lincoln has a unique economy. They have lost their paper mill but they have a good robust commercial economy. They have capitalized on the recreational aspects of the town, the location of the town in relation to its lakes. Lincoln is poised to withstand these shifts that have gone on in other towns in these recent years.”
Weatherbee, also formerly the town’s recreation department director, has been Lincoln’s town manager since the council voted 7-0 in July 2014 to name him interim town manager, replacing William Lawrence. The council named him full-time town manager in November of that year, at $65,000 annually, with another unanimous vote.
A teacher for 33 years, 62-year-old Weatherbee will start teaching at Penobscot Valley High School of Howland next month.
Town officials hope to hire a full-time successor to Weatherbee by late October, Clay said.