TREMONT — A former town employee and coastguardsman has been appointed harbormaster, relieving Town Manager Dana Reed of the job he’s been doing on an interim basis.
Justin Seavey was appointed harbormaster in a 4-0 vote by selectmen at a special meeting held Friday.
Seavey, according to Reed, is a 2004 graduate of Mount Desert Island High School. After lobstering for two years, he joined the U.S. Coast Guard, where he achieved the rank of petty officer third class. His training included law enforcement, boat operation and maintenance and public relations. He later served two years in the Coast Guard auxiliary.
More recently, Seavey has been working for Halliburton Energy Services and has been heading a natural gas production crew in Pennsylvania, Reed wrote in a memo to selectmen.
Seavey replaces Greg Dow, who resigned at the end of March after nearly two years on the job. Selectmen in May added to Reed’s managerial duties by appointing him interim harbormaster.
Seavey is to begin his new job on July 6. Under his contract with the town, he is to be paid $22 per hour. His hiring is subject to passing an employee medical entrance exam.
The only discussion centered on the length of Seavey’s term of office. Reed recommended a six-month term so the harbormaster’s appointment would come at the same time as other town office appointments. However, selectmen convinced him otherwise. Seavey was appointed to a one-year term with a six-month probationary period.