FORT FAIRFIELD, Maine — The town’s longtime manager will be stepping down at the end of the year, officials announced earlier this week, and the Town Council has already made plans for its next leader to take the helm.
Dan Foster, who has been the town manager for the past 15 years, will be retiring at the end of the year, he said on Tuesday.
The Town Council also announced that Michael Bosse, who for the past three years has served as the economic development and marketing director as well as the executive director for the Chamber of Commerce, will be the community’s next town manager.
Foster said that he has loved his time at the helm in Fort Fairfield and is looking forward to retirement.
“I have truly enjoyed my involvement with the citizens of Fort Fairfield,” he said. “It has been by far the most gratifying job I have had in my career. Working for my hometown and with people I grew up with has provided me a unique opportunity to actively participate in enhancing the quality of life for our citizens.”
Foster is credited with many accomplishments during his time as town manager, including construction of the dike protecting the downtown, preservation of the community’s railroad access, and most recently construction of a new health center and a new elderly housing complex.
Bosse brings with him a wealth of life experiences and a strong business background.
He has successfully managed the Maine Potato Blossom Festival and the Agri Buisness Trade Fair.
“With the unique challenges that Fort Fairfield’s 2014 budget is facing, it was important to the council to have Mike play a more significant role in its process sooner rather than later,” said David McCrea, council chair. “We are confident that Mike has demonstrated the leadership skills needed to help Fort Fairfield successfully navigate the unique challenges being presented to municipal governments throughout this state.”
Bosse will initially sign a six-month contract, which will bring his employment in line with the town’s fiscal year and allow for a six-month probationary period. Prior to working in Fort Fairfield, he has owned and managed two successful businesses, Funland in Caribou and MAP Inc. in Presque Isle.
He and his wife, Peggy, live in Caribou but plan to relocate to Fort Fairfield.