December 13, 2018
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Lincoln town manager quits after 10 months

Nick Sambides | BDN
Nick Sambides | BDN
Seen in a file photo with Lincoln Town Council Chairman George Edwards (left), Lincoln Town Manager John Sutherland resigned his position on Monday.

John Sutherland has resigned as Lincoln’s town manager after 10 months on the job, town officials said Tuesday.

The Town Council voted 7-0 on Monday to accept Sutherland’s resignation, effective immediately, from the $60,000 per-year position. The council discussed the matter behind closed doors for an hour.

Council Chairman George Edwards declined to discuss the resignation, describing it as a personnel matter.

“About the only thing we can say is that we wish him well with his future endeavors,” Edwards said Tuesday. “I think he was doing a pretty good job until his resignation, given all the circumstances since he has been there.”

Attempts to reach Sutherland, whose telephone number is unlisted, were unsuccessful on Tuesday.

Hired with a three-year contract in December, Sutherland, 50, was issued a summons on Feb. 14 for Class E criminal trespass and Class D criminal mischief for allegedly breaking into a garage in Castle Hill on Nov. 5, 2016.

The alleged victim has said that Sutherland wanted photographic proof of damage after the victim crashed his truck into a ditch to avoid a moose, while Sutherland’s daughter was in the passenger seat.

Sutherland had denied any wrongdoing and the charges were later dropped.

Teamsters Local No. 340 of Portland filed a complaint against Sutherland on March 31 with the Maine Labor Relations Board, saying he attempted to dissuade two transfer station workers from joining the union.

State law prohibits anyone from interfering with public workers’ right to join a union.

Both sides reached an informal settlement of the complaint on Oct. 11, said Traci Place, the union’s business agent. The workers were allowed to join the union.

The council will hold a meeting on Wednesday at 6 p.m. to discuss hiring an interim town manager and launching a search for a full-time replacement, Edwards said.

Counting Sutherland, Lincoln has had five full-time town managers, and several interims, since Glenn Aho resigned in June 2008, after 13 years as Lincoln’s manager.

The full-timers were Ron Weatherbee, William Lawrence, William Reed and Lisa Goodwin.

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