Former Mexico Town Manager Jack Gaudet and his successor, Raquel Welch. Bruce Farrin/Rumford Falls Times

MEXICO — The town will host a reception and barbecue Friday for outgoing Town Manager Jack Gaudet and welcome his successor, Raquel Welch of Peru. The barbecue is set for 4 p.m. behind the Town Office.

Gaudet served the town for three and a half years before announcing his resignation in late April.

Welch began her duties July 1 under a one-year contract. Her father, the late Robert C. Welch, served as Rumford town manager for more than 12 years.

Welch has been a Peru selectman the past four years and chairman for three of those. She will maintain her seat on the board.

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