BROWNVILLE, Maine — Brownville town officials and residents will welcome their new town manager, Matthew Pineo, 45, of Corinth, after his first day on the job at a 5 p.m. public supper Monday, May 2, at the Alumni Hall in Brownville Junction.
Pineo, who resigned as Bradford’s town manager to assume his new job in Piscataquis County, was one of 18 people who applied for the position and one of five interviewed. He signed a three-year contract at a starting annual salary of $42,000.
“Matthew appeared to be very strong in finances and audits,” Dennis Green, Brownville board chairman, said Tuesday. He said those attributes, and the fact Pineo is familiar with governmental agencies, attracted the board’s attention.
Pineo, who is a native of Hudson and is single, has been Bradford’s town manager for about 2½ years. Before that, he was employed as an administrative manager with Lowe’s home improvement. He said Tuesday he had served in the corporate world for 25 years, but wanted to get back into the community where he grew up.
“I’m very excited. It’s a great opportunity,” Pineo said. “They offer everything that a small, busy town has such as municipal sewer and water and police, so there are new challenges. It’s also the opportunity to be part of a town that has such a rich history in the state of Maine with the railroads and everything that goes on in that area.”
Pineo, who plans to move to Brownville, said he would miss Bradford, which has the same population as Brownville, but Brownville has a larger budget and it offers more municipal services.
His toughest challenge will be the economy, Pineo said. “That’s been my toughest challenge for 2½ years. You just have to be creative.