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Search for Fort Kent town manager attracts 26 applicants

FORT KENT, Maine — The search for a new town manager has attracted a lot of attention with 26 applicants from as far away as Florida and Washington seeking the post.

The hiring process is moving along with councilors reviewing the applications that came in by the June 8 deadline and preparing to conduct interviews with select candidates.

Donald Guimond, who served as Fort Kent town manager for 24 years, retired and left the position in March. Police Chief Tom Pelletier is currently serving as interim town manager until the Town Council is able to find a more permanent replacement.

“The process is underway; applications are being reviewed,” Pelletier said on Tuesday. “The first round of interviews will be held the week of July 10.”

Pelletier declined to publicly release the names of the applicants.

In May, the councilors put together a job description outlining the duties expected of a town manager. An official job description did not previously exist, so the councilors based the one they created on some of the responsibilities Guimond executed and incorporated portions of similar job descriptions from other communities.

After carefully reviewing the 26 applications, the councilors will invite some of the applicants for a first round of interviews. Candidates who live far from the area will be offered the opportunity to interview via Skype, Pelletier said.

Following that first round of interviews, the councilors will narrow the pool of applicants down further and conduct a second round of interviews.

If the councilors are unable to hire a suitable candidate from among the 26 applications, they will advertise for the position once again, according to Pelletier.

“We’re hopeful that a qualified applicant will arise from this round of applicants,” he said.

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