BRUNSWICK — The field of candidates for Brunswick town manager has been reduced to two finalists including Laurie Smith, the assistant city manager in Auburn.

Acting Town Manager Gary Brown and Smith emerged from last week’s interview sessions as the Town Council’s top considerations. The council interviewed Brown and Smith on Friday following Thursday’s extensive review of six individuals by panels comprising citizens and town employees.

The council isn’t expected to make a decision on its final choice until after it holds a closed-door meeting on Aug. 3. The council had initially scheduled an executive session for Monday’s meeting, but two councilors were on vacation.

Smith, a Brunswick native, has worked in Auburn for the past 10 years, serving as the city’s assistant manager, interim city manager, interim finance director and community relations manager. She was also the town manager in Boothbay from 1994 to 1999 and worked in Oxford. Smith is a graduate of the University of Maine where she received a degree in public administration.

Brown has been Brunswick’s assistant town manager for two years. He
has been the acting manager since January when Donald Gerrish, the
town’s top executive for nearly 20 years, retired. Brown also filled in
for Economic Development Director Mat Eddy, who resigned in December.

Brown was the town manager in Topsham prior to taking the assistant manager job in Brunswick.

Gerrish announced his retirement in September 2008. 

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