Fort Kent council offers Suzie Paradis town manager position
FORT KENT, Maine — Fort Kent councilors unanimously voted following an executive session Monday night to offer Suzie Paradis the position of town manager.
Paradis lives in Fort Kent and is currently serving as director of economic and community development for the town of Madawaska.
Paradis was ahead of the pack, according to interim town manager and police chief Tom Pelletier, out of a pool of 26 candidates who applied for the job, which became available after long time town manager Donald Guimond retired in March.
The councilors selected six of the applicants for interviews, and then narrowed the field to Paradis and another candidate from Bangor to attend meet and greet sessions at the town office last week. Before he visited, however, the Bangor candidate, whose name was not publicly released, accepted a different job elsewhere.
“Suzie has the complete package,” said Pelletier. “It’s clearly obvious to me that she prepared for the job. She did her research on the town and she has some experience in municipal government. She also has the advantage of being from the area.”
Pelletier said councilors received a lot of positive feedback from local residents and town employees who attended the meet and greet with Paradis last Tuesday.
Paradis has not yet accepted the position but is negotiating a contract with the council.
Pelletier said that if she accepts the position, he anticipates Paradis will begin serving as town manager in about a month.
Paradis and her husband Denis are the parents of three children.