EASTPORT, Maine — Background and reference checks are under way for two finalists for the Eastport city manager’s position.
City Council Chairman Robert Peacock said Thursday there were nine applicants for the job, which is being filled in the interim by George “Bud” Finch, who resigned last December after 19 years of service.
Peacock said the candidates come from far and wide.
“Some are local, some are from away, and some are from away but have roots here and wish to return,” he said.
“We have been very pleased with the process,” Peacock said.
Eastport began advertising the position in early January and set a deadline for resume submission of Feb. 12.
The resumes were then held, unopened, until an executive session of the council on Feb. 17.
“We reviewed each of the resumes and, using 20 criteria, ranked each candidate on a one-to-10 basis,” Peacock said.
Finalists were selected, and background checks began. Once those checks are complete, Peacock said, the finalists who are still interested in the job will be invited for interviews with the council and a visit to Eastport.
Peacock said interviews are expected to be set next week. If an offer is made and accepted, the new manager’s starting date will be negotiated, according to Peacock.