BAR HARBOR – Code enforcement officer Angela Chamberlain has taken on the role of planning director here.
Ms. Chamberlain was sworn in as acting planning director at 9:03 a.m. on Friday, July 22, deputy town clerk Jane Iverson said. Ms. Iverson ran the swearing-in ceremony, as town clerk Pat Gray is on vacation.
Town officials have been silent on the reasons behind making Ms. Chamberlain the acting planning director, and have roundly refused to comment on the status of planning director Anne Krieg.
Fire Chief Dave Rand, Ms. Chamberlain’s direct supervisor, confirmed her appointment on Friday, but declined comment on the reasons behind the move.
Ms. Krieg did not attend the town council meeting on Tuesday of this week nor the planing board meeting on Wednesday. She had been scheduled at both to present items as part of the agenda.
When asked why Ms. Krieg was absent, Town manager Dana Reed said only that “it is the town’s practice not to comment on matters involving the town’s employees.”
Ms. Krieg herself also declined to comment on the situation.
At Wednesday’s planning board meeting, Ms. Chamberlain was the only town staff present. Typically, both Ms. Krieg and the staff planner attend the meetings.
The town has been without a staff planner, however, since former staff planner Brian Madigan resigned his post here earlier this month and took a job in his home state of California.
Ms. Chamberlain ran the proceedings at the beginning of Wednesday’s planning board meeting while board members sorted out their positions for the new fiscal year. Lynne Williams was reelected as chairman of the board, Perry Moore moved into the role of vice-chairman, and Peter Hastings became the secretary.
Ms. Williams at one point during the meeting referred to the “turmoil” in the town offices, but did not elaborate. Following the meeting, she said that Mr. Reed had called her late in the day to say that Ms. Chamberlain would attend the meeting in Ms. Krieg’s place, but that he did not say why.