MECHANIC FALLS — The Town Council formally accepted Town Manager John Hawley’s resignation at a special meeting Monday.
Late last week, council members received a letter from Hawley informing them that, as required by terms of his contract, he was giving a 60-day notice of intent to terminate his contract.
In his letter, Hawley said he was offered and has accepted the position of director of operations for Regional School Unit 16.
“I did not actively seek other employment but when this opportunity presented itself to me, and I was encouraged to pursue it, I thought maybe it was time for a change,” Hawley said. “This gives me the ability to continue to do most of the very same things I am doing now, have the benefit of continuing to serve my community and be home more often.”
RSU 16 Superintendent Tina Meserve pointed out that the timing was right for restructuring responsibilities with the recent hiring on a new assistant superintendent, filling the newly created business manager position and the resignation of the finance coordinator.
Hawley’s duties, Meserve said, include oversight of facilities, transportation, food service, health and safety, construction and renovation projects, and other special projects.
“The whole RSU is strengthened with the unique set of talents that John brings to the central office,” Meserve said. “I’m really pleased we have him.”
Hawley has been town manager of Mechanic Falls for nearly 10 years, having been hired in January 2006. Before that, he was assistant town manager to Dana Lee for three years.
“Twenty-five years ago when I first stepped into the fire station, I never envisioned that I would one day become the manager here,” Hawley said. “I started as a firefighter/EMT and moved up through positions achieving the rank of deputy chief, served as the municipal fire inspector, code enforcement officer, assistant town manager and finally, town manager.
“Along the way I have enjoyed working alongside some amazing individuals who have taught me, mentored me, given me opportunity to prove my worth, and entrusted me with the immense responsibility of keeping watch over this great community,” he said.
The town employees and councilors he has had the pleasure to work with all these years have been a “priceless benefit,” Hawley said. “I am going to miss working with them and thank them from the bottom of my heart for their support, their respect, their cooperation, and their friendships. This has been a great experience serving such a great town and I am honored that I was able to serve in this capacity.”
Council Chairman Lou Annance said, “The RSU is getting the best of the best.”
The council agreed to begin searching for Hawley’s replacement immediately and directed Hawley to place advertisements in newspapers statewide and with the Maine Municipal Association.
The council also agreed that Hawley’s last day of employment with the town will be Friday, Oct. 30, and that Hawley will be expected to work full time through the end of September. Beginning the first of October, Hawley will be allowed to split his time with RSU 16, assisting the town and the school district in their transitions.