RANGELEY — Veteran Town Manager John Madigan Jr. of Rumford has been been given a two-year contract to lead the town, Assistant Town Manager Traci Pitt said Wednesday.

Madigan was named interim town manager after Tim Pellerin left in May to become manager in Harrison.

Madigan will average three days a week in the office, Pitt said, the same as he has been working as interim manager.

“It is a good fit for Rangeley. I think it has worked well,” she said.

Madigan will be paid $400 a day, she said. His contract, which ends Dec. 31, 2020, also includes health insurance benefits.

Madigan, 68, said Wednesday that he was manager of Rumford and Mexico, and has about 25 years of experience in leading town government.


“I have just signed on to Rangeley for two more,” he said. “I think it is going to work great. I have enjoyed the last seven months.”

Madigan said the staff is wonderful and selectmen are really good to work with.

“The people in town have been excellent, very positive,” he said.  “I have really enjoyed coming to work.”

Madigan has lived in Rumford since 1985. He is U.S. Army veteran and served in the 128th Legislature representing District 115 towns of Roxbury, Rumford, Sumner, Woodstock and Milton Plantation. He served on the State and Local Government Committee. He lost a bid for re-election to a second term in November.

Rangeley received about 20 applications for town manager in the first round of advertising. Selectmen opted to readvertise the position in October, and a committee interviewed the four applicants and recommended two to selectmen, Pitt said. After interviews, selectmen chose Madigan and he was officially named manager Dec. 3.

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