With Town Manager Paul First due to step down on April 4, the search for his successor is under way. The Board of Selectmen has retained the Maine Municipal Association to coordinate the search, and the ad is now posted on the MMA’s job board as well as on the town website.
The Selectmen have invited residents to suggest what criteria the Board should use to choose among applicants and what questions to ask in interviews. Interested citizens may offer that input in person at the Board’s Monday February 6 meeting at 7 pm or in writing by submitting this form to the town office by 4 pm on Thursday February 9. The Board asks that written comments be kept anonymous and submitted in an envelope marked “Confidential – Town Manager Search.”
The ad for the Town Manager position describes New Gloucester as “a vibrant community” with a $3.3 million municipal budget and some 27 full- and part-time employees. Among the qualifications being sought are strong budgeting, economic development, and communication skills, together with management and administrative experience. The ad also indicates that a degree in public administration, business administration, or a related field is desirable, but candidates with equivalent work experience are also encouraged to apply. The deadline for applications is Wednesday February 6. The full ad and contact information to apply can be found here.