AUBURN – At a recent Auburn-Lewiston YMCA board of directors meeting, Executive Director Jim Lawler announced that he has decided to retire, effective Aug. 31.

Lawler has been employed at the YMCA for the past 28 years; the past 20 as executive director. Since being named executive director, he introduced a wellness center, started group exercise classes, started child care services, remodeled the third floor into a Teen Center/child care/yoga/office area, updated the building with new wiring, roof, windows, flooring and paint, while continuing to develop and expand the YMCA’s Camp Connor on Range Pond.

He has also expanded the youth sports program. More than $1.5 million has been spent on upgrades and renovations during his tenure. The yearly budget has grown from $268,000 to nearly $2 million with the YMCA now debt-free.

The YMCA’s directors expect to begin a nationwide search for Lawler’s replacement by April 1.

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