Robert Levin

Manager marks 25th year

Robert Levin
Bar Harbor Town Manager Dana Reed marks 25 years at his job

BAR HARBOR — In a profession where shifting political winds can often lead to sudden and unexpected changes, Bar Harbor town manager Dana Reed stands out as vision of stability. For more than two decades, the Midwest native has overseen multimillion dollar budgets, sewer plant installations, and the day-to-day operations of the town.

On Nov. 17, Mr. Reed celebrated his 25th anniversary as Bar Harbor’s town manager. A group of town employees gathered in the municipal building for a small party in his honor, and his service was lauded by several town councilors earlier in the week.

Reflecting on his quarter-century with the town, Mr. Reed told the Islander that while he’s somewhat surprised that his tenure here has lasted as long as it has, he’s also grateful.

“As a town manager, you just never know where you’re going to work the next year,” he said. “But, I do have to say that Bar Harbor really is a unique place to live, and I like living here. There is an incredible spirit of public participation here.”

While managing a budget topping $15 million may seem to many like a supremely complicated task, it is not, in fact, the hardest part of Mr. Reed’s job, he said. It is responding to the ever-shifting whims of opinion and desire from the public, however sensible and respectable they may be, that makes for the most difficult task.

“One thing I can’t understand is, why people think that local government is not accountable. Every time I walk into the grocery store, I meet somebody who wants to tell me how I should be doing my job,” Mr. Reed said. “I mean, how much more accountable can you be?”

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Robert Levin

Robert Levin

Former reporter Robert Levin covered the people, businesses, governmental and nonprofit agencies of Bar Harbor. [email protected]