OLD TOWN, Maine — In a statement issued Friday on behalf of the City Council, Chairman David Mahan confirmed that the departure of the city’s manager for the past seven years was because of the council’s desire to take the city in a new direction.
Peggy Daigle, who was hired to lead the city in 2004, resigned effectively immediately during a special council meeting Thursday evening. The seven-member council accepted her resignation in a 6-1 vote.
Daigle’s resignation came a day after she was placed on administrative leave. Mahan said Assistant City Manager Bill Mayo will serve as acting manager until the council decides how to go about finding Daigle’s successor.
In her letter of resignation, Daigle said she will be on 90 days’ paid administrative leave before terminating her employment, as agreed to in her contract.
“It should be noted that this resignation was not for cause, simply a choice on the part of the City Council to take the city into a new direction with new leadership,” Mahan said in the statement.
The language he used closely mirrored that which Daigle used in her resignation letter:
“I want it noted that this decision was not for cause, simply a choice on the part of the City Council to take the city into a new direction with new leadership,” she wrote.
On Friday, Mahan took steps to make it clear that the council’s decision to place Daigle on administrative leave was not related to the city’s budget woes.
“The city’s budget gap is not at all of Ms. Daigle’s making,” he stated. “The council has simply decided to continue moving forward with new leadership of the city’s employees and many civic-minded volunteers.”
Also in his letter, Mahan thanked Daigle for her service to the community.
“The council appreciates the efforts of Ms. Daigle on the city’s behalf for these past seven years,” he said.