Why Is It When Things Get “Hot” In Biddeford….City Managers Get “Cold” Feet?

Bruce Benway

PPh reports “The Biddeford City Council is expected to vote Tuesday to appoint a new city manager. John Bubier is stepping down after leading the city for a decade. Bubier will continue to work part time for the city on economic development projects.

The Personnel Committee – composed of city councilors John McCurry, Roger Hurtubise, Michael Ready and Stephen St. Cyr – reviewed the resumes of applicants and conducted six interviews with prospective managers, Casavant said.

Casavant did not know how many people applied for the position, but said many applicants lacked the city manager experience the council was seeking.

Read more HERE.

Bubier “will continue to work part time for the city on economic development projects”….as in Biddeford Commmity Development Office? He had a duty to look into the operations of the City of Biddeford HUD Office Coordinator, Linda Hardacker. View more HERE.

There has been a smell in the HUD office and the Tax Assessors Office that needs “fumigating” before he leaves office.

Something to ponder…

Bruce E. Benway, city manager, Biddeford, ME, 1994–2003. When things got hot, he resigned his position and became town manager, Killingly, CT, 2004–14.

Norwichbulletin reports “Killingly town manager, Bruce Benway, to resign. Read more HERE.

Killingly town manager to retire, view HERE.

Mr. Benway recently became a senior consultant with MRI and is currently on assignment as the Interim Town Manager in Berwick ME. Read more HERE.

Is this a “shoe in” for Benway to come back….like Attorney Harry Center?

Are the chickens coming home to roost?

Related: Biddeford (ME) Police Department Exposed! Click here.

June 30, 2015

PPH reports “Biddeford council hires James Bennett as city manager. In a unanimous vote, the council hired James Bennett to replace John Bubier, who is stepping down after leading the city for the past decade. Bubier will continue to work 30 hours per week for the city on economic development projects.

A Lisbon native, Bennett was first elected as a selectman in Lisbon at age 21. Bubier, the outgoing Biddeford manager, was the town manager in Lisbon at the time and encouraged Bennett to pursue a career in municipal management.

Bennett was town manager in Old Orchard Beach from 1990 to 1997 before leaving to become city administrator in Westbrook for five years. He served as city administrator in Lewiston from 2002 to 2009. He has been city manager in Presque Isle since 2010.

He begins Aug. 17 and will be paid at an annual rate of $117,000 for his first six months on the job and at a rate of $121,000 a year thereafter. As city manager, Bubier was paid $128,000 a year. He will earn $75,000 a year in his newly created job in economic development.” Read more HERE.

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Still keep an eye out for the bad “eggs.” They know somebody too!

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