BAR HARBOR — Two finalists the town manager position have been chosen for in-person interviews from a field of 50 applicants.
Both candidates will visit town next week to meet with staff, attend informal community gatherings, visit municipal facilities, and have a second interview with the town council.
Kingston, Tennessee city manager David Bolling and his spouse will be at a gathering at town council chambers on Monday, Aug. 25. Former Maine town manager Cornell Knight, former manager of Topsham, and his spouse will appear the next night, on Tuesday, Aug. 26. Both gatherings run from 5 to 6:30 p.m.
Bolling has been city manager of Kingston since 2013. He spent one year as manager of Newcastle, Maine in 2012, and before that was manager of Oliver Springs, Tennessee for 6 years.
Knight was town manager of Topsham from 2011 through 2013. Previously, he served 12 years as manager in Winthrop and seven years as manager in Jay.
Eaton Peabody Consulting Group has led the town manager search process for town councilors this summer. Jim Ashe, a former Maine school superintendent and town manager, has been working through Eaton Peabody as the town’s interim town manager during this time.
Councilors expect to announce selection of a new town manager by Sept. 12.
Previous town manager Dana Reed resigned his post in May.