December 12, 2019

Ellsworth narrows list of manager candidates

ELLSWORTH – From a list of eight, city officials now have focused their attention on three people who have applied for the vacant city manager’s position.

After two days of initial interviews last week, the city has narrowed its list of prospective candidates to three applicants, according to Jack Turcotte, superintendent of Ellsworth schools. Turcotte has been helping Lee Beal, chairman of the Ellsworth City Council, with municipal matters since former City Manager Tim King left the position at the end of June.

Turcotte said Monday that of the eight candidates selected from the initial pool of 21 applicants, two dropped out. The remaining six were interviewed last week.

“[The council has] zeroed in on three applicants, but they haven’t necessarily eliminated the other three,” Turcotte said.

The interview committee has not formally turned away any applicant yet because it is going over references and employment histories of the candidates, Turcotte said.

Attempts on Monday to contact Lee Beal were unsuccessful.

Turcotte, the council, Ellsworth Police Chief John DeLeo, Ellsworth Finance Director Michelle Beal and Ellsworth Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Micki Sumpter have been involved in the interview process, Turcotte said. David Barrett, Maine Municipal Association’s manager of personnel services and labor relations, also has been assisting the city in its search efforts.

Turcotte said a round of second interviews with the favored candidates is likely to take place within the next couple of weeks.

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