July 23, 2019
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Portland assistant city manager leaving for Camden

CAMDEN, Maine — Portland’s assistant city manager will take over as Camden town manager in October after the coastal town’s current manager retires.

Camden’s Select Board signed a three-year contract and will pay Patricia Finnigan $98,675 for her first year. She will get a 3 percent raise by the end of the year and another 3 percent raise in her second year. The town will provide health and life insurance and will contribute 4.4 percent of her salary to a retirement account.

This move will save the town about $14,500 annually, because the current town manager, Roberta Smith, makes $113,215 plus benefits.

Finnigan was one of more than 60 applicants for the job. According to Smith, Finnigan’s experience and personality make her a good fit for Camden.

Finnigan worked for 12 years as the city manger for Auburn before moving to Portland where she’s worked for four years as assistant city manager.

“My management experience has been with larger cities, but I spent many years working with small towns throughout Maine. I have a great affinity and true appreciation for smaller communities and the challengers they face,” Finnigan said in a press release issued by Camden on Wednesday. “Although Camden’s year-round population puts it in the category of a small town, it has many of the challenges and opportunities of much larger communities. I am eager to apply my experience in ways that will continue Camden’s momentum.”

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