The Ogunquit Select Board has picked Patricia Finnigan to become its next town manager, according to a news release posted on the York County Coast Star website.
Finnigan, a former city manager in Auburn and assistant city manager in Portland, abruptly resigned from the town manager position in Camden in January. Finnigan was embroiled in a controversy surrounding the management of Camden’s Snow Bowl ski area, in which two businesses were allowed to set up at the recreation area without having gone through the requisite local zoning processes. An audit later discovered more widespread financial mismanagement related to the Snow Bowl and its redevelopment.
In the board announcement, Chairman Charles Waite said Ogunquit conducted a thorough search process and that 50 people applied for the post.
“The Select Board was pleased with the caliber of people this position attracted, which speaks well of Ogunquit,” Waite said in a statement. “Pat brings a depth of experience and a unique set of skills that will help us build upon the great things Ogunquit has to offer and what we hope to accomplish in the future.”
In a statement included in the news release, Finnigan said she is excited to have been selected.
“Ogunquit is a special place with a combination of natural beauty and resources, character and charm, and a diverse and engaged community which are tremendous assets,” she said. “I look forward to working with the Select Board, the town employees and the citizens to gain a better understanding of people’s goals and work together to achieve them.”
Finnigan, who lives in Saco, is scheduled to start work on Aug. 14 and is tentatively due to earn an annual salary of $110,000. The Select Board will officially vote on the hire and contract terms at its Aug. 7 meeting.
Finnigan was one of two finalists for the Ogunquit job who were invited to a meet-and-greet in the town last week, according to the York County Coast Star. The other finalist was Kris Tucker of Virginia Beach, Virginia.