After two and a half years of sitting in the Frenchville town manager’s seat – Casey Cote is stepping down. A decision she says she was conflicted about.
“I did enjoy my time here at the town,” Cote says, “and I think during my tenure the town has made great strides and advancements and I’ve enjoyed working with the 5 member board of selectpeople.”
Cote made the decision for personal reasons. She notified the town earlier this month – and she says they’re already advertising the open position – and the period for those interested to apply ends September 2nd. They’re hoping to have someone by early October.
Cote says “it was a good learning experience it was a challenge and it was rewarding all together but I will say that this is the next good step in my career.”
She says she will miss the position and is proud of some of the projects she and the town accomplished during her time – like the renovation of the community center – and she hopes the next town manager can hit the ground running.
“Someone that is familiar with the town affairs, someone that is a good people person that can pick up where we left off,” Cote says, “and there’s lots of ongoing projects that are going to need to be administered through the process”
Cote says some folks in town are shocked by the news, and some are happy that she’s taking the next step in her career. That next step is an instructor position in Caribou – teaching agriculture and natural resources — where her background is — and also, her passion.
Cote says, “you know you gotta follow your heart in some of these instances and this is one so, no regrets.”
Cote will maintain regular office hours until August 16th – so not this friday but the next. And after that she’ll be available only by appointment throughout the transition.