Blue Hill hires new town administrator

BLUE HILL — The town of Blue Hill has hired a new town administrator, who will start Aug. 1.

The Select Board on June 27 appointed Nicholas Nadeau to the job, according to a press release. Nadeau is currently assistant town manager in Waterbury, Vt.

Nadeau will replace Shawna Ambrose, Blue Hill’s first administrator, who resigned last spring.

“Finding highly qualified employees is tough these days, and as has been widely reported, finding people to serve in municipal positions is even tougher,” said Ellen Best, chairwoman of the Blue Hill Select Board. “We were looking for someone who could take the town administrator position to a higher level. It took us nearly six months, but we found the right person for the job in Nick Nadeau.”

Nadeau had been recreation director in Waterbury, Vt., until this past April, when he was appointed assistant municipal manager for community services of the town, according to the Times Argus.

“Nick is smart, energetic and a people-person,” said Select Board member Jim Dow, who helped lead the search process. “He gets the complexities of small-town government yet has a ‘can do’ attitude. We think that he will serve our town well, helping us successfully confront the range of complicated issues that we face.”

“I am a New Englander, born and raised, so transitioning to Blue Hill seems like a natural fit,” said Nadeau. “I always said that it would take a special place for me to leave Waterbury. Blue Hill is that special place. My background focuses on community services. I am excited to continue that work in Blue Hill.”

The Select Board was assisted by the Maine Municipal Association (MMA) in the search process, which included two rounds of applications.

“This is a very challenging market for recruiting municipal employees”, said David Barrett, MMA’s director of personnel services. “Applicant pools are smaller, demand is high, the competition is stiff, and salary expectations have increased as a result.”

“Not only was the pool of applicants limited, but the attractive candidates were being quickly hired, often with multiple offers,” Dow said. “In our case, Nick Nadeau chose us over a competing offer.”

“Available and affordable housing in Blue Hill and surrounding towns was an issue that arose with various candidates in the search process,” Dow added. “We had heard that other coastal towns had lost qualified candidates because of the housing issue. It was a key issue for Nick, and we have been working hard to help him find housing.”

Jennifer Osborn

Jennifer Osborn

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