New Gloucester continues search for town manager

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NEW GLOUCESTER — Officials are continuing their search for a town manager after the top candidate withdrew from consideration earlier this month.

“On behalf of the Board of Selectmen, I regret to announce that negotiations with our top candidate for town manager have not resulted in a mutually acceptable employment agreement,” selectmen Chairman Steve Libby wrote in a Feb. 13 email. “We started with 64 applications, had great first-round interviews, invited four citizens to assist with second-round interviews and had a great candidate that unfortunately just didn’t work out.”

Libby did not name the candidate.

David Barrett of the Maine Municipal Association is assisting the town with a list of possible candidates for board consideration.

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Town Manager Sumner Field III retired Feb. 14 and Town Planner Paul First was named acting manager.

The town manager search started in October.

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