(from the November 2009 Maine Townsman)

In late October, the Bangor City Council announced that they had reached an agreement with long-time City Manager Edward Barrett to end his employment with the city next spring. Barrett has served as Bangor city manager for the past 22 years.

Rumford selectmen will soon name a short-term replacement for Selectman Robert Cameron, who resigned in October because of other commitments. The town charter gives selectmen the power to temporarily fill vacant seats on the board until the next annual town meeting. Voters will elect a new selectman at the 2010 town meeting.

Former Bethel Police Chief Alan Carr has been hired as a part-time officer for the Norway Police Department. Carr, a state trooper for almost 40 years, will help the small western Maine town fill gaps in police coverage.

Hallowell City Manager David Giroux, who suffered a stroke in late September of 2008, officially ended his employment with the city on October 1, 2009. Giroux first took on manager duties in March 2006, when he was named interim manager. The city’s former code enforcement officer, Giroux was named permanent manager in August 2006. The present CEO, Todd Shea, who has been filling in for Giroux, has been named interim manager.

Presque Isle City Manager Tom Stevens will not launch a legal fight to keep his job, which will end next year when his present contract expires. Stevens said he loves the northern Maine city he has managed for 17 years too much to cause trouble over the council’s decision in October. City councilors told Stevens that they wanted to take the city in a different direction in the future, which would necessitate new management.

November 3 election results:

Gorham incumbents Brenda Caldwell and Shonn Moulton were re-elected to two of three open seats on the town council with 3,782 and 2,772 votes, respectively. Matthew Mattingly placed second in the race with 3,504 votes.

Raymond Caron defeated incumbent Winslow Town Councilor Brad Grant to win a three-year term on the board. Caron received just eight more votes than Grant, 405-397.

Kittery Town Councilors Frank Dennett and Jeffrey Thomson were re-elected with 2,112 and 1,608 votes, respectively, while Jeffery Pelletier won his third, three-year term with 1,954 votes. A fourth candidate received 1,476 votes.

Old Town City Councilor Jamie Dufour was returned to office with 1,872 votes, while former fire chief James Lavoie won the second open seat with 1,697 votes.

Fairfield voters seated Donald Giroux Sr. on the town council with 1,137 votes in a five-way race for two seats. They also elected Ed Finch, who received 995 votes, despite Finch’s announcement two weeks before the election that he no longer wanted to a candidate. Finch had not decided by mid-November whether he would serve or not.

Colleen Hilton defeated Westbrook Mayor Bruce Chuluda by a vote of 3,472-3,357.

Portland incumbent City Councilor Kevin Donoghue defeated challenger Charles Bragdon by a vote of 2,625 to 1,364.

Lewiston Mayor Larry Gilbert was re-elected with 6,218 votes to defeat challenger Mark Paradis, a city councilor, who received 5,373 votes.

Stephen Gudroe and Richard Goodwin won a five-way race for two seats on the Dexter Town Council. Gudroe received 967 votes, while Goodwin collected 644. Incumbent Councilor Sherman Leighton placed third with 364 votes.

Brunswick at-large incumbent Town Councilor Joanne King defeated Karen Klatt by a vote of 5,356 to 2,789 for another term. Incumbent Town Councilor Hallie Daughtry was unseated, however, by challenger Suzan Wilson by a vote of 772-873 for the District 3 race. John Perreault defeated Jason Berquist by a vote of 802-527 for the District 4 seat.