We’re not used to seeing Houlton Police Chief Butch Asselin out of his navy blue uniform, but lately we have. Asselin is taking on a new role for the moment, as the Shiretown’s interim town manager.
“There isn’t much idle time,” said Asselin. “I’m reading, catching up on things, making phone calls, scheduling appointments.”
He’s been on the job for about three weeks. He was appointed after former town manager Gene Conlogue resigned. He’s doing a bit of a balancing act with his duties at the town office and the police department. He starts and ends his day at the P.D., and spends the time in the middle at the town office and is always on call.
“I have my radio so I can monitor traffic. I’ve got my policeman cup so I can remind myself of who I really am,” he said.
He says the P.D. is in good hands when he’s not there. Asselin is no stranger to interim town manager work – he stepped into this role in Skowhegan about ten years ago. He says the difference this time is the staff at the town office, they’ve made this easy for him. His goal while he sits in the seat is to clear as many projects as possible.
“Do the best job that I can and hopefully when they hire somebody they can sit at this desk and move forward – go at the job with their feet running and just take off where I’ve left it,” he said.
As far as getting a new face in there, Asselin says they’ve advertised and had some interest, but they’re just waiting for the best person for the job. He says he won’t be applying for the town manager position, but he’s happy to fill the role until they find a replacement.