BUCKFIELD —The Select Board hired former Poland Town Manager Bradley Plante as its interim town manager Monday evening.

In addition, Plante was also hired as deputy tax collector and deputy treasurer.

Plante will serve for about six months while the town attempts to find a permanent replacement. Terms of the contract are being finalized by the town’s attorney, Select Board Chairwoman Tina Brooks said.

He will begin his duties at 9 a.m. Tuesday.

Plante replaces John Andrews, who resigned May 3 after serving for six months, citing a toxic atmosphere with the Select Board.

The board reconvened the emergency meeting Monday that was now in its third day, and immediately moved into executive session to interview Plante. Fifty-four minutes later they came out without Plante and passed motions to hire him as interim town manager and the two deputy roles.

This is Plante’s second stint as interim town manager of Buckfield. He previously served in the role for five months from August 2017 to January 2018.

Since March 2019, he has worked as a behavior health professional for the Auburn School Department.

Plante was hired as Poland Town Manager in 2014 following four years as town manager in Hampstead, Maryland. He served out his three-year term in Poland and chose to let his contract expire and not seek a new contract. He said at the time that it was not a resignation.

Plante previously served as town manager of Harrison from 2008-2010 and as a town administrator of Rockland, Massachusetts, for six years.

He received his Bachelor of Science degree from the State University of New York and earned his masters in public administration from Jacksonville State University in Alabama.

The Select Board has scheduled a joint meeting with all department managers Wednesday.

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