Former Lewiston City Administrator Jim Bennett will relocate his family north, taking the permanent job as City Manager for Presque Isle.
Bennett said he and the Presque Isle City Council reached an agreement Monday and announced the hiring at a specially-called 4 p.m. meeting and again at the council’s 6 p.m. meeting.
Bennett officially begins working March 1. His family will follow this summer, selling their Lewiston home once the school year has ended.
“It’s an interesting community,” Bennett said. “It’s the commuter center for all of Aroostook County, and any shopping or anything else needs to be done there. So, they’re very interested in economic development and returning jobs to the community — typically the things I’ve done at the last few places I’ve worked.”
Bennett will replace17-year veteran City Manager Tom Steven, who was let go last November. Bennett was released from his job as Lewiston City Administrator in July 2009, after councilors said they wanted to seek a new direction. Bennett’s replacement, former Bangor City Manager Ed Barrett, began his job in Lewiston last month.
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