June 16, 2019

Mount Desert extends manager’s contract

MOUNT DESERT – Selectmen voted 3-1 on Monday to extend Town Manager Michael MacDonald’s contract one year, to 2007, and to award him a “one-time” bonus of nearly $1,200.

MacDonald also received a 2 percent pay increase to $1,326 a week.

It was MacDonald’s second one-time bonus, since he received one last year as well.

MacDonald said the bonus recognizes good performance for the past year without increasing his base salary. He said taxpayers should not have to keep paying the bonus for this year’s performance each year in the future.

Only MacDonald gets a bonus. All other employees get their increases built into their annual pay, he said.

Employee raises are completely awarded based on merit, and not on a step system or across-the-board raises, MacDonald said. They range from zero to 6.5 percent.

Selectman Ernest Coombs voted against the one-year contract extension because he said it’s possible that by 2007 none of the current selectmen will be serving.

He also questioned giving MacDonald a combined 3.75 percent increase when other town employees were not getting that much.

However, MacDonald said the average pay raise for all other municipal employees in the last year was 4 percent.

Selectmen also confirmed MacDonald’s choice of Brent Hamor as the town’s next finance director. Hamor is now the code enforcement officer. That job has been posted internally and will appear in newspaper ads this week, MacDonald said.

Hamor has worked for about six years as the part-time bookkeeper for Blue Hill Accounting, in addition to doing the books for two Bar Harbor businesses, MacDonald said.

Hamor will be paid $856 a week to start and $913 a week after successfully completing a six-month probationary period, the manager said.

MacDonald said Hamor expressed an interest in the job soon after former finance director Michael Chamming resigned in September and therefore the town did not advertise for applicants.

Correction: This article ran on page B2 in the State edition.

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