Former Auburn, Lincoln town manager begins work in Warren
Warren — Interim Town Manager Glenn Aho started work in Warren Nov. 13, filling the void left by the resignation of 17-year town manager Grant Watmough.
Aho previously served as Auburn's city manager for three years and as town manager in Lincoln for nearly 13 years.
“If we can make some progress, I think everybody would be happy,” Aho said regarding his appointment in Warren.
Aho, who has 18 years of experience in municipal government, holds a masters degree in public administration from the University of Maine at Orono.
“This is what it’s like. It’s always a type of a triage," he said of his first day. "In general, everything that’s gone on today has been expected.”
Aho said he will not be applying for the permanent town manager position, and described the interim town manager position as that of an adviser to the town of Warren.
“Sometimes people look at an interim as having a shoo-in," he said. "My job is more of a consultant. I’m coming in, I’m working, I’m helping where necessary — helping advance the town."
Aho said that he is interested in bringing a business sense to municipal management. "[Local business owners] want some kind of response, and I think for a long time, I’m not sure if people have gotten that response…I’m the type of person who wants to provide the answer.”
Aho will complete coursework for a Senior Professional in Human Resources certification Dec. 5, and said he hopes the credential will instill confidence in both town employees and residents.
“Being able to be in a position to help people attain what they need or want is really nice." It’s an honor. It’s a privilege. That’s what attracts me to public service," he said.
According to Aho, no other town manager in Maine possesses the SPHR certification, which includes the study of business management, risk management, workforce planning, and employee relations.
"I have a wealth of knowledge, and I want to share it," Aho said. "And maybe, maybe I learn something in return, because every town is different.”
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