Tate McLean will remain as Winter Harbor fire chief and take on numerous other municipal duties as a full-time town employee. ELLSWORTH AMERICAN FILE PHOTO

McLean takes full-time Winter Harbor position



WINTER HARBOR — Tate McLean not only will remain as the Winter Harbor fire chief, but he was hired last week as a full-time employee to serve as the town’s health officer, road commissioner, emergency management agent and municipal facilities and maintenance superintendent by selectmen in a 3-0 vote on May 23.

Town Manager Cathy Carruthers confirmed May 24 that McLean will be paid an annual salary of $52,817 with benefits, including dental and eye care. She said McLean has served the town well in his part-time position as fire chief. Carruthers said the fire chief’s greater availability is Winter Harbor’s gain. According to the 2020 U.S. Census, the town’s year-round population shrank to 461 inhabitants, but the community grows considerably in the summer and some municipal duties haven’t been adequately fulfilled.

“We have unmet needs with our roads and facilities, and this solves a lot of problems,” the town manager said. ‘We’re a small town, but we are busy.”

Carruthers said McLean will oversee the upkeep of the town’s Municipal Public Safety Building housing the town office, police and fire departments. He’ll also be responsible for maintenance of the Winter Harbor Gymnasium, playground, scout cabin and the salt/sand storage building.

“It’s an opportunity for us to have a person full time to meet unmet needs,” she said.

In addition, Carruthers said the town is committed to its partnership with the town of Gouldsboro in the Schoodic EMS ambulance service. She said the two towns’ shared expense will be calculated on a per-capita (per-person) basis. When the new fiscal year begins July 1, she expects payments to be made on a monthly or quarterly basis.

McLean’s hiring occurred exactly a week after he submitted his resignation as Gouldsboro fire chief, health officer and Schoodic EMS director.

“It is with my sincere regret that I must resign from my position as fire chief-EMS chief and local health officer for the town of Gouldsboro,” McLean wrote in his May 16 letter of resignation. “The direction and goals of which the town is taking do not coincide with my personal and professional goals.”

Letitia Baldwin

Arts Editor at The Ellsworth American
In addition to editing the Arts & Leisure section, Letitia edits special sections including Out & About, Overview, Health Quarterly, Your Maine Home, House & Garden and Get Ready for Winter. She comes from Chicago, Ill, but has deep family ties to the Cranberry Isles. [email protected]