WILTON — The Wilton Board of Selectpersons voted Tuesday to post the job listing for a new town manager.

Only three board members were present, with Keith Swett and Phil Hilton absent.

Wilton Town Manager Perry Ellsworth plans to leave his position on Nov. 1, but says he will stay on if a suitable replacement has not been hired. Brian Ponce/Franklin Journal file

Current Town Manager Perry Ellsworth announced his resignation from the position in July. Though his official last day is set for Wednesday, Nov. 1, Ellsworth has stated he will not vacate the position until there is a viable replacement.

“I’ve committed to you that I will not leave you until you find the right person,” Ellsworth said. “So we’ll work through that.”

Ellsworth was hired in June of last year, replacing Rhonda Irish, who served for 13 years. Previously, Ellsworth was town manager in South Berwick for 10 years and in Rangeley for seven years.

Chairperson Tiffany Maiuri stated the board would look into assembling a hiring committee for the town manager. More details of the hiring committee are expected to be announced at the next Board of Selectpersons meeting on Sept. 5.

At the meeting on Tuesday, Ellsworth stressed what qualifications the hiring committee must prioritize when looking for a replacement. He strongly suggested a candidate with at least five years of experience within Maine municipalities along with experience in big town projects and bonding.

For more information about the position, visit wiltonmaine.org and click on the employment icon.

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