GREENVILLE, Maine — A Springvale man who is Old Orchard Beach’s director of planning and community development was hired Wednesday to become Greenville’s new town manager.
Gary Lamb, who has served as an assistant planner and assistant code enforcement officer in Kennebunk and as a Town Council member in Sanford, will begin his new job on Nov. 29.
Selectmen appointed Jack Hart to serve as interim town manager until then.
Lamb was selected from a field of 26 applicants to fill the job held since 2000 by John Simko, who resigned to take a job with Pepin Associates in Greenville. Lamb’s starting salary for the first year of his three-year contract was set at $55,000.
“I’m very pleased to be here; I appreciate the confidence of the board,” Lamb said Wednesday. “I know I have some big shoes to fill, and I don’t mean John Simko’s shoe size; I think what he’s done here has been very good.”
Lamb, who is a former wildlife biologist with the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, said he is looking forward to relocating to Greenville, a community he fell in love with in the 1970s when he did fieldwork in the community.
Simko was recognized last week at a farewell party and was given a plaque from selectmen Wednesday in recognition of his loyal and committed service.
“There’s no way that I could give to the citizens of this town the effort that I do were it not for the very generous nature of my family,” Simko said Wednesday. He recognized his fiancee, Amanda Graham, and his daughter, Ashley Simko, and thanked them for supporting him over the years.