Standish selects manager finalists

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STANDISH — The Town Council has selected its interim town manager and the town manager of Wiscasset as the two finalists for the job.

The council also announced Tuesday night the appointment of Greg LeClerc to a vacant council seat.

Bill Giroux, who was appointed as Standish interim manager after the firing of Kris Tucker in July, is the former city manager of Bath. He served there for 11 years, stepping down in July 2107.

Marian Anderson has been the Wiscasset town manager since 2014. She previously was town manager in Richmond and has served in a number of other municipal roles.

LeClerc will fill the Area 1 council seat left vacant when Isabel Higgins resigned Aug. 8 in the wake of Tucker’s firing. The seat will be up in 2021.

Town Council Chairman Steve Nesbitt said the Appointments Committee interviewed four applicants for the council position and was unanimous in its support of LeClerc.

“He is a young lawyer with his own practice in Standish, and he can bring his young entrepreneurial perspective to the council,” Nesbitt said.

An informal gathering will be held from 6 to 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 22, at Town Hall for residents to meet the candidates for town manager.

On Tuesday, Oct. 23, the candidates will meet with the town’s department heads and then will be interviewed for the second time by the Town Council that evening.

The new town manager should be announced during the week of Oct. 29, Nesbitt said.

The council terminated Tucker’s contract without cause July 23, and Tucker later made allegations against an unnamed town employee.

Tucker’s total severance payout was $41,013 and he received nearly $3,000 in health insurance, according to Standish Finance Director Scott Gesualdi. Of that total severance money, more than $14,000 stemmed from accrued vacation time.

He was hired in October 2017.

Jane Vaughan can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 123 or at jvaughan@keepmecurrent.com.