Town Paying Two CEOs

TRENTON — The board of selectmen won’t try to force Angela Chamberlain out of the code enforcement officer’s job before her term expires June 30.


Until then, the town will continue paying both Ms. Chamberlain and John Brushwein – the new town clerk, tax collector, voter registrar and administrative assistant to the board – the $500-a-month salary that goes with the code enforcement officer (CEO) job.

Mr. Brushwein started work Dec. 14 at an annual salary of $41,000, which includes $6,000 designated as the CEO’s salary.

Ms. Chamberlain is Bar Harbor’s CEO during the workweek, and she works as an employee of the town of Trenton in the evenings and on weekends. She said last month that Trenton Selectman Michael Swanson told her last October that the board wanted her to resign because they intended to give the CEO’s job to Mr. Brushwein. She said Mr. Swanson contacted her again in late December and said the board wanted her out of the job by April 1.

Ms. Chamberlain said she told him that she was not willing to give up the job.

A story in the March 11 Islander cited a state law that prohibits municipalities from firing CEOs without “cause” – that is, poor performance or misconduct. Ms. Chamberlain said that in her seven years as Trenton’s CEO, she has never had a performance evaluation and has never heard any complaints about her work.

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