ELLSWORTH — Tammy Mote will return to City Hall as deputy city manager, City Manager David Cole announced at a City Council meeting on Monday evening.
Mote left her post as Ellsworth’s finance director and deputy city manager in February to take a job with First National Bank.
Mote will receive a salary of $85,000 in her new role, which will likely begin July 1. Mote was paid $83,169 in 2017.
“The positions have been separated,” said Cole in an interview after the meeting. “I’m not adding a new position.
“There will be no new headcount; I’m just restructuring from within. I don’t see it having any significant impact on our budget.”
Cole said “administrative costs may rise but not significantly in the overall scheme of things.”
“The manager’s budget has only a 1.9 percent increase,” said Cole, adding he considers this “pretty lean.”
“We’re very mindful of all of our expenses and the impact that they have.”
The finance director and the deputy city manager will be two full-time positions. Jenn Madore was appointed interim finance director in February after Mote’s departure. A part-time, temporary assistant has been helping. Asked why there needed to be two positions, Cole replied that “They’re both full-time jobs.”
Mote will oversee the Finance Department in her new role, said Cole, as well as managing facilities, human resources, “internal services provided within the building” and procurement of grants. The city manager, Cole, will focus more on overseeing departments such as police and fire, Cole said.
In a memo to city staff last week, Cole wrote that “As second in command, Tammy will assist me in the overall day-to-day operation of the city, with significant operational and administrative responsibilities, and will play a key leadership role within the city’s management team.”
Mote has been working with the city as a consultant during the budget process since she left in February.
“We were very thankful she was willing to do that,” said Cole, adding that he was excited she would be returning to City Hall.
“I think she’ll also be a leader. She’s got 18 years of institutional knowledge. I see her as a mentor, helping to train folks.”
The City Council must vote on Mote’s appointment (the council is required to approve the appointment of all department heads), which it will take up at its June meeting.
Mote graduated from Ellsworth High School in 1988 and earned a degree in business administration (with a concentration in accounting) from the University of Maine.