OLD TOWN, Maine — Longtime City Manager Peggy Daigle was temporarily relieved of her duties Wednesday afternoon, according to City Council Chairman David Mahan.
“She’s on administrative leave right now,” he said at about 3 p.m. “That is all I can say. She’s on paid administrative leave.”
Daigle, who had spoken to the Bangor Daily News shortly before Mahan placed her on leave, indicated that a change was in the works, but she declined to elaborate.
Mahan said he was not comfortable with releasing details Wednesday about what happened to cause the action involving Daigle.
“At this point I can’t comment on that,” he said.
Mahan did say that he expected to be able to speak on the matter at a later date.
Daigle was hired to lead Old Town in 2004 after working as the city manager in Houlton. She also spent five years as East Millinocket’s administrative assistant during the mid-1990s.
Last year the Maine Town and City Management Association awarded Daigle its 2010 Leadership Award, given to a manager in recognition of a particularly innovative project or for solving an unusually difficult problem.
Daigle was nominated largely because of her leadership in handling the closing of the town’s paper mill and surrounding issues. Mahan submitted a letter of support for the nomination, noting her leadership in high-profile projects, including redevelopment of the Old Town mill, and her ability to play a key role in the “smaller aspects of daily life which receive little recognition.”