Don Lagrange, town manager of Southwest Harbor. Lagrange will leave the post in June, 2018, but will then become part-time code enforcement officer for the town. ISLANDER FILE PHOTO

Lagrange shifts gears

SOUTHWEST HARBOR — Town Manager Don Lagrange has submitted his resignation, but he’s giving selectmen plenty of time to find a replacement.

Lagrange notified selectmen in a March 14 memo that he will remain as town manager until June 30, 2018. The 15 months allows for a smooth transition, he said.

“It gives them ample time to put a package together for what they want in a town manager,” Lagrange said this week.

Lagrange, who also is the town’s code enforcement officer, said he’s reached the age where it’s time to slow down.

“I’m 70 years old, and I think it’s time for me to pull back a little,” Lagrange said.

“Pulling back a little,” at least to Lagrange, won’t mean kicking back and taking it easy.

“I’ll stay in the development business,” Lagrange said.

A longtime contractor, he is finishing three duplexes in Hancock and has plans for more. He is doing most of the work himself.

After leaving the town manager job, Lagrange is to continue on as code enforcement officer. Last week, selectmen agreed to a three-year contract for 18 hours per week of code enforcement services beginning on July 1, 2018. Under the contract, Lagrange is to be paid $35 per hour. No benefits are included.

Lagrange was code enforcement officer in Southwest Harbor in July 2011, when he was appointed interim town manager after Robin Bennett submitted her resignation. In December 2011, he became the town manager.

Selectmen have no immediate plans to begin a search for a replacement, Lagrange said.

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