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Rumford town manager resigns
RUMFORD -- Following an executive session Thursday, the Board of Selectmen voted 4-0 (Brad Adley was absent) to accept, with extreme regret, the resignation of their town manager.
Carlo Puiia's resignation is effective upon the appointment of a new town manager. He was named to the position in 2009 after serving as the town's tax collector. His resignation is effective upon the appointment of a new town manager.
He indicated that he was looking at continuing as town manager for up to 90 days. The town will be contacting the Maine Municipal Association as they begin the town manager search.
"It could be sooner (than the 90 days), but this gives them the chance to have the time while still dealing with elections and special town meetings. It would be best to have anyone in that position be there to hear everything. And with the loss in revenue sharing, it's going to be another difficult year to assess what people will pay for services. It remains to be seen," he said.
Puiia, who resigned due for personal reasons, said he informed the Board of Selectmen at the previous meeting, "but really came to grips with it before the last vote; needed some time to make sure before I proceeded."
Nearly a month ago the Board of Selectmen approved a three-year contract for Puiia. It said he would take a salary cut of $1,300 the first year, making his pay $67,600. His pay would be $70,200 for 2014-15 and $72,800 for 2015-16.
Puiia, who was not at work Friday or Monday, provided the following letter to selectmen:
Please accept my letter of resignation as Rumford’s town manager to become effective upon the appointment of a new town manager. This notice provides you with the opportunity to advertise the position, review the applications, schedule and conduct interviews, and appoint a new town manager. I believe having a new town manager in place for the next budgeting cycle would be of great benefit to you.
My decision to resign is a personal one, and is based primarily on family values. I want to express my sincerest appreciation for the great opportunity I was allowed to be able to serve my fellow residents in this capacity. Looking back on my time employed with the
Town of Rumford, I consider it to be one of the most rewarding and satisfying careers that I could have ever possibly chosen.
I feel extremely fortunate that I was able to meet and interact with so many of the fine citizens that call Rumford their home. I have witnessed first hand their genuine love and devotion to our community. I will always admire and value the scores of volunteers who unselfishly give their time and energy in order to make Rumford a better place to live.
I want to express my sincere appreciation to you and the other Selectpersons I have served with, and for the respect, support and confidence you placed in me. All of you are to be commended for the contributions and service you provide to our municipality.
I also want to recognize the many dedicated and knowledgeable employees that I have had the pleasure and honor to work with during my 17-plus years with the Town of Rumford. I will miss being a fellow employee of theirs, and will always cherish the relationships established.
My heart remains hopeful for our town, and I am confidant that all of you will continue to hold the best interest of the town in your hearts as well.