ELLSWORTH — Hancock County’s first county administrator is no stranger to the area. Former Gouldsboro Town Manager Eugene Conlogue has been hired for the position.
Conlogue, who is living in Presque Isle and plans to move to Ellsworth, begins the job Feb. 16.
Conlogue served as Gouldsboro town manager for six months in 1999. He said he left that position to take a job as town manager of Millinocket. Two years ago, he became town manager of Houlton. He resigned in April.
Hancock County was one of three Maine counties without a county administrator. Creating the new position was, at times, a sticking point in developing the budget for 2015. Almost $160,000 was budgeted for the position, which includes a $70,000 salary for Conlogue.
As county administrator, Conlogue said he will be the “key staff person to the county commissioners.” As such, he is to “develop a working relationship with the staff and elected officials.”
Conlogue said his employment background, which also includes stints in private business and social service administration, will be beneficial in the position.
“I think that serves me pretty well,” he said.
Commissioners have said the administrator would supervise day-to-day operations of county government, research and provide information about the consolidation of the Hancock County Regional Communications Center and oversee any construction projects undertaken by the county.
Phone calls seeking comment from Commission Chairman Percy “Joe” Brown were not returned by press time.
In addition, the county administrator is to reach out to Hancock County municipalities with offers to provide or consolidate services. Examples given were assessing property values, animal control and the enforcement of shellfish laws, commissioners have said.
“Basically, we’re entering a new era in the [management of county and municipal government],” Conlogue said. “I certainly believe in consolidation and regionalization where it makes sense.”
Conlogue said he is looking forward to the challenge of his new position.