New leadership for Bar Harbor council

Paul Paradis

BAR HARBOR — The town council here has a new leader and several new faces and is set delve headfirst into the search for a new town manager.

In a short meeting on Wednesday, June 11 to elect officers, councilors unanimously chose Paul Paradis to be their chairman and Gary Friedmann to serve as vice-chairman. There was just one nomination for each position, and each councilor was appointed with a 6-0 vote.

Paradis was away on town business during the meeting and could not attend.

On Thursday, June 19, councilors invite town citizens, business owners and members of civic organizations to a public meeting concerning the manager search.

“The purpose of this meeting is to gather information regarding what the community believes are the major issues and challenges facing Bar Harbor and to express what the qualities, education, background and experience the new Town Manager should possess to meet these issues and challenges,” according to

Don Gerrish and Dick Metivier from Eaton Peabody Consulting Group will facilitate the meeting, which begins at 7 p.m. in council chambers. Gerrish and Metivier will also present an overview of the process the council will follow in selecting the new Manager.

Councilors will meet this Tuesday, June 17 for their first regular meeting of the new fiscal year. The agenda calls for annual appointments to boards and committees, including such bodies as the planning and design review boards, harbor committee and marine resources committee. Councilors also are set to discuss renewing the fire chief’s contract and replacing retiring appeals board attorney Phil Worden, along with other items.

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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]