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Joseph to become town manager in Freeport, Maine


August 15, 2012
LINCOLN —Peter Joseph has decided to become the town manager in Freeport, Maine. He became Lincoln's town manager in May 2008 and replaced Ted Sutton. His resignation is effective September 14.

Joseph's move to Maine was announced at the July 30 select board meeting. The board said that they were very sorry to see Joseph depart. A unanimous motion was passed at the meeting "to accept the resignation of Peter Joseph with regret and gratitude."

In a conversation on Friday, Joseph said he will have fond memories of Lincoln. He thanked the Selectmen and the public for their kindness. "It has been a really good environment," Joseph said.

Continuing, Joseph noted, "The town staff and residents are really friendly. Everyone has been great to work with."

While working with residents and businesses, Joseph found a lot of collaboration during his time as town manager. "There's good cooperation between the town, residents, and businesses," he said. "It's not adversarial at all."

Looking back on his time in Lincoln, Joseph said he was pleased to see the forward-looking selectmen and budget committee. He said the town is interested in capital planning and consideration of what would be best for Lincoln's future.

A key part of this work has been the town's infrastructure. During his time on the job, Joseph said that Lincoln has "tackled a lot of public works projects."

Joseph noted that Woodstock and Lincoln share more than just schools. The sister communities share a recreation department, community center, and solid waste services. He believes there has been "improvement in the communication between the two towns" over the last few years.

Joseph will start in Freeport on September 17. He will be working with the outgoing town manager there for a few weeks. Freeport has nearly 8,000 residents and is nearly five times larger than Lincoln. The town is located between Brunswick and Portland along Interstate 295.

The board has announced that the town manager job will be posted through August 24. The position is responsible for overseeing daily town operations. The job announcement states that the town manager oversees 31 full time employees, as well as dozens of part time, seasonal, and on call employees. Lincoln has an annual municipal budget of about $5.5 million.

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