Gene Conlogue is no longer the town manager in Houlton. On Monday night, the town council voted to accept his resignation, effective immediately.
“It kind of surprised me, he was a real honest person,” said Phil Bernaiche of Houlton.
Conlogue wrote a letter of resignation to the town councilors dated on Monday that stated it was a “dream come true” to have served the Shiretown community for a year and a half. His letter stated that after a meeting with the council chair and vice chair last week where they expressed dissatisfaction with his performance, it became clear to him that he didn’t have confidence of the council to continue in the position.
“Things happen and it’s too bad that it didn’t work out and we wish him well,” said council chair Paul Cleary.
After the council met in executive session, they voted to name Houlton Police Chief Butch Asselin as the interim town manager. Cleary says Chief Asselin has interim town manager experience. Chief Asselin told News Source 8 he’s happy to fill the role until the town finds someone else. That someone else, Cleary says, should be a resident of the area.
“It’s good to have a town manager that when that mill rate goes up he has to burden that as well and somebody who is involved in the community and somebody with some budgeting experience that can come up with revenue come up w ways to do things that keeps services without raising taxes,” said Cleary.
Cleary says they’ll be advertising for three weeks before they start the interview process, they hope to have a new town manager in 90-120 days, but they’re not going to rush. Conlogue told NewsSource 8 that he wants to wait until Tuesday to comment on the situation.