Finance director to fill in for city manager
Rockland — The City Council voted 5-0 on Dec. 23 to appoint Tom Luttrell as the temporary city manager from Dec. 24 to Jan. 18.
Luttrell normally serves as the city's finance director.
At the same meeting, the council voted to accept the resignation of James Smith from the city manager position. Smith has accepted a position as assistant city manager in Brewer, a job he held before he came to Rockland in March 2012.
His official last day on the job is Jan. 18, according to his resignation letter. Smith will be using vacation time during his 30 days of notice to the city.
The City Council will decide at a January meeting whether to appoint Luttrell as acting city manager from Jan. 18 until a new manager is hired or whether to select another person for the interim position, Luttrell said Dec. 26.
Luttrell has served as interim manager in the past while the city was in a hiring process.
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Daniel Dunkle is editor of The Courier-Gazette and news director for Courier Publications. He lives in Rockland with his wife, Christine, who also works for Courier Publications, and two children.
Dunkle has previously served as editor of The Republican Journal in Belfast. He has worked as a reporter and photographer in the Midcoast for 15 years.