Reed named new manager

TREMONT — Dana Reed and selectmen entered an agreement Tuesday that has the former Bar Harbor town manger serving as this town’s manager for the next two years.

Reed, who lives in Bar Harbor, has been the town’s interim town manager since June, taking over after the resignation of Carl Young.

The agreement goes into effect Saturday and continues through April 3, 2017.

Under the agreement, Reed is to be paid about $85,000 annually. In addition, the town is to contribute $425 per week to Reed’s health savings account and an amount to a retirement plan commensurate with the town’s contributions for other employees.

Kathi Thurston, chairman of the board of selectmen, said Wednesday morning that she is pleased that the town was able to ink a deal with Reed.

“I think it’s a good fit, and the other board members are happy,” she said.

Reed has been working on a part-time basis, usually three days a week, while in the interim position. He now will be working full time, a step selectmen have said is necessary given the duties of the town manager.

Initially, selectmen considered mounting a search for town manager. The decision not to go forward with that plan came from discussions between the board and Reed.

“We did not open the search when, in talking to Dana, we realized we might be able to keep him,” Thurston said. “Even if we did, we wouldn’t have found anyone more suitable.”

Reed served as Bar Harbor’s town manager from 1986 to the spring of 2014. While working in Tremont, he had several interviews for jobs in other states and was a finalist for the position of city manager in Sedona, Ariz. The job opportunities prompted selectmen to enter into negotiations with Reed about staying in Tremont.

Reed, too, is happy with the arrangement.

“It’s a good place to work,” he said. “I’m looking forward to working to get some problems solved.”

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