RANGELEY — Selectmen voted Tuesday night to hire Timothy Kane of Concord, Vt., as the new town manager, interim Town Manager Karen Olivieri said Wednesday. He will begin his new job May 9.

Kane has accepted the job, she said, but contract negotiations are ongoing.

Kane was born and raised in Wilton and is in the process of moving back to Maine with his wife and two children. The couple is expecting a third child in May, he said.

“I am currently a principal/athletic director for a (pre-kindergarten)-12-grade school in northeastern Vermont,” Kane said. “I have been involved in the field of education, from coaching to administration, at both the secondary level as well as the collegiate level for more than 15 years. I am looking for another challenge where I can put my education and experience to use, serving my community.”

Kane attended SAD 9 schools while growing up. He graduated from the University of Maine at Augusta with an undergraduate degree in criminal justice, Kane said.

He also graduated from the University of Maine at Farmington with an undergraduate degree in community health and Thomas College with a master’s degree in education.

Kane is currently attending Franklin Pierce University in New Hampshire, working on his doctorate in leadership studies.

He is looking forward to spending time in northern Franklin County where he grew up, he said.

“This is my true home. I have spent a lot of time in Rangeley over the years,” Kane said. “What a great opportunity to return home, and to be close to our family. My wife and I have strong roots in Rangeley and surrounding areas. Rangeley is one of those places, where after that long drive up Route 4, as soon as you hit the town line, things change.” It’s like a breath of fresh air, Kane said.

“The stressors of daily life seem to just disappear, you look around at the beauty of the landscape, the mountains, the lakes, and you know you are in for a relaxing, enjoyable time. There are not many places more beautiful on God’s green earth, than Rangeley, Maine,” he said.

Coming into a new position like this, he said, the first thing he wants to do is to get to know the office staff, the department heads and all of the town employees.

“I want to know from them, what’s working, what isn’t, and any concerns they may have,” Kane said. “After all, we are all part of the same team and by working together, we can accomplish whatever we set out to do. We can do it effectively and efficiently and all celebrate in our success.”

Rangeley is a fantastic four-season community, with so much to offer, he said.

“It is a great place for the outdoor enthusiast as well as those that want to come here to relax and rejuvenate,” Kane said. “I hope to help build on all of Rangeley’s positives as we move into the next decade.”

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