Roger Barto will call it a day as town manager in the fall. He said his plans for the future are uncertain.—JACQUELINE WEAVER

Winter Harbor Town Manager Resigning



Roger Barto will call it a day as town manager in the fall. He said his plans for the future are uncertain.—JACQUELINE WEAVER
Roger Barto will call it a day as town manager in the fall. He said his plans for the future are uncertain.—JACQUELINE WEAVER

WINTER HARBOR — Saying it’s time to move on, Town Manager Roger Barto is resigning as town manager, effective in September. 

“Burnout is one reason,” said Barto, who was hired as town manager in September 1999. “The other reason is it’s just time for somebody else with a little more energy to move in.”

First Selectman Diana Young said the Board of Selectmen will hire Cathy Carruthers, assistant to the town manager, as acting town manager. If all goes well over a three-month trial period, Carruthers will be the new town manager, Young said.

Barto said he and his wife, Pearl, a resource room teacher at the Ella Lewis School in Steuben, are unsure of their plans at the moment. They owned an inn in town and still rent several cottages.

Ideally, they would hit the road and travel around.

Among the landmarks over his 10-year period as town manager, he said, was the closing of the Navy Base, and, the death of benefactor Fitz Eugene Dixon in August 2006.

“We also have lost a number of other citizens over the years that contributed greatly to the town,” Barto said.

Barto said the town may see some significant changes depending on what happens with the eco resort proposed by Winter Harbor Properties LLC, which owns 3,300 acres in the Schoodic portion of Acadia National Park as well as in Gouldsboro. The development group has said it is assembling a new team of consultants for the project.

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Nicole Ouellette

Nicole Ouellette

When Nicole isn't giving advice she's completely unqualified to give, she runs an Internet marketing company in Bar Harbor, where she lives with her husband Derrick and their short dog Gidget. She loves young adult novels, cooking and talking French to anyone who'll talk back. [email protected]