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Limestone Select Board takes no action on interim manager appointment

LIMESTONE, Maine — After holding an executive session on Oct. 29 to “appoint an interim town manager,” members of the Limestone Select Board voted to “take no action” on the matter when returning to public session.

Limestone has been without a full-time town manager for nearly a year. The town fired its last manager, Matthew Pineo, by unanimous vote on Dec. 6 of last year.

Shortly afterward, selectmen appointed Police Chief Stacey Mahan as interim manager on Dec. 13. Mahan worked as both police chief and town manager during this time, and even received a Paul Harris Fellow award from the Limestone Rotary Club for his dedication to the community.

Mahan stepped down as interim manager in mid-April but stayed on as police chief under a mutual agreement between himself and the town, and the board members then voted to hire former Limestone and Presque Isle City Manager Tom Stevens to serve until a permanent manager could be found.

With Stevens on board, the town received a total of 31 applications and have significantly narrowed down the pool since then.

Stevens’ final meeting was Oct. 17, during which he thanked the people of Limestone for giving him a chance as town manager when he was in his early 20s. He officially left the interim manager post on Oct. 23.

Some residents asked the board if they could give a specific date and time regarding the hiring of a new town manager, and while Chairman Tom Albert did say they offered a job to one applicant, officials did not provide a specific date for the hiring of a new, permanent manager.
The Select Board members are next scheduled to meet on Wednesday, Nov. 7. It is currently unclear if any appointments will be made at that time.

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