FAIRFIELD, Maine — At the 68th New England Management Institute annual conference held on Aug. 14, at Sunday River in Newry, Fairfield Town Manager Joshua Reny was presented with the Rookie Manager of the Year Award.
Several members of the Fairfield Town Council and town staff members attended the award ceremony. Winslow Town Manager Mike Heavener presented the award to Josh.
The Rookie Manager of the Year Award is presented by the Maine Town, City & County Management Association to a public administrator who has been in the profession for five years or less and who has done a particularly good job in a community; who may have resolved a difficult problem, provided strong leadership during a crisis; or brought new vitality and professionalism to a community.
Josh was nominated for the award by Town Council Chair Tracey Stevens, with additional letters of recommendation submitted by other Town Council members, town staff, and even local business owners.
Stevens wrote: “When Josh was hired in December of 2010, the Town’s fund balance had been in decline and a plan was needed, there were several outstanding issues that needed to be addressed, and the downtown business district continued to be a concern. Josh presented the Town Council with thoughtful recommendations and strategies to address each issue, and in just a few years he has given the town new vitality. He is a very hard working individual that has the respect of his peers, the Town Council, Town Staff, and the general public.”
Stevens also listed some of Josh’s accomplishments since he became Town Manager:
- Rebuilding the town’s Fund Balance
- Proposing three annual budgets that did not contribute to tax increases
- Demonstrating leadership during challenging times
- Reorganizing the Assessing and Codes Office
- Playing key role in several new developments in downtown Fairfield
- Recovering losses from past development projects and loans