KENNEBUNKPORT, Maine — The town has appointed its new town manager, who comes from holding that job in Wiscasset.
Laurie Smith was welcomed as the new town manager by the Kennebunkport Board of Selectmen during its Thursday, Dec. 13 meeting. Smith could not be reached on Friday, but according to her resignation letter, published by the Boothbay Register, her last day in Wiscasset will be Feb. 7, 2014. Smith’s start date in Kennebunkport has not yet been determined.
During Thursday’s meeting, Smith said she is “honored” to be chosen as Kennebunkport’s Town Manager, following the departure of Larry Mead this fall. John Fraser has been filling in as interim town manager.
“You have a wonderful community. When I visited through the process it was clear the pride in the community and the commitment level of the citizens — volunteers and the elected board — the professionalism and the desire to really maintain the unique quality place that Kennebunkport is and I’m happy to be a part of that and look forward to future endeavors,” Smith said.
In her resignation letter to the Board of Selectmen in Wiscasset, Smith says she has enjoyed her time in Wiscasset and is “extremely proud of the accomplishments we have made as a team.”
In the letter, Smith states she’s pleased to leave the community in a more stable financial position, and that she’s been able to bring resources to the community to rebuild the town’s infrastructure and assets and feels the town has grown to be more business-friendly.
Kennebunkport Selectwoman Sheila Matthews-Bull said Smith comes from a town very similar to Kennebunkport and has dealt with related topics that she will face in the town, including tourism, the fishing industry, and environmental protection.
“She was so close to what we are, it drew me to her right away,” Matthews-Bull said, adding that one of Smith’s strongest qualities is that she’s able to “think out of the box. … I think that’s what we need. When you’ve lived in a town for a long time, you don’t often see some different kinds of ideas.”
Fraser said Smith was “very well regarded by everyone we spoke to.” In addition to her three years in Wiscasset she has worked in Boothbay Harbor and Auburn, he said, and is currently on the executive committee of the Maine Municipal Association.