MEXICO — After three and a half years as town manager, Jack Gaudet has submitted his resignation, effective this summer.

Mexico Town Manager Jack Gaudet Rumford Falls Times file photo

He said he and his wife want to travel — their daughter is continuing college in Germany — and visit  grandchildren.

“The intent was to travel,” he said. “But right now, you can’t travel.”

“He’s not going to just drop the ball on us,” Richard Philbrick, chairman of the Board of Selectmen, said. “He’s going to stay until we get somebody. His goal is around the end of July, if we can get somebody.”

The town is accepting resumes until May 1.

“We’ve got some applications already, thanks to (Maine Municipal Association). But we’re going to do our own interviewing,” Philbrick said.

“We’re putting it out there to see if there’s anybody in our price range and available,” Gaudet said. “I told the board, I’m not going to leave the town in a situation if they can’t find anybody. I could continue.”

“We’re not under the gun, but I don’t want to leave Jack locked in because he’s saying graciously that he is going to stay,” Philbrick said. “He said he’s going to be good to us because we’ve been good to him. He told us we have a great board. I hate to see him go because he’s done a helluva job for us. We have worked well together.”

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