Former legislator named Waldoboro interim manager
Waldoboro — Wesley "Wes" Richardson, a former four-term state representative, has accepted the position of interim town manager of Waldoboro.
The board of selectmen reluctantly accepted John Spear's resignation at its Nov. 12 meeting. Spear has taken an administrative assistant job in South Thomaston. He begins in that capacity Monday, Dec. 16.
Richardson, who had applied for the interim position in Warren, was nominated to step into Spear's shoes by Chairman Craig Cooley.
"With his exemplary history in the financial arena, and his conscientious and professional work ethic, I'm very appreciative that he [Richardson] accepted the position," said Cooley in an email Nov. 20.
Richardson has lived in the area for more than 30 years, retiring in 2000 as president of the Waldoboro Bank. During his tenure there, he helped build four new branches, took the bank public, and sold it in 2000.
Aside from his banking career, Richardson served eight years in the legislature — on the Insurance and Financial Services Committee as well as a term on the Marine Resources Committee. He also served a term on the Regional School Unit 40 school board, along with Cooley and selectman Carl Cunningham.
"Once you get involved, you see things differently," he said about being in the political arena.
"I want to do the best job I can for the town," said Richardson. "I am honored to have been chosen."
Richardson said he looks forward to working with the board of selectmen on town goals and making it an even playing field.
Admittedly an outdoors kind of guy, Richardson recently bought a second home in the Sugarloaf area. "I love fishing and hunting, and even went skiing last year," he said.
Richardson will be compensated $1,192 per week and will begin his managerial duties Monday, Dec. 2.
Courier Publications reporter Beth A. Birmingham can be reached at 594-4401 ext. 125 or via email at email@example.com.
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Beth rejoined Courier Publications' news staff in February 2013. She previously worked at The Courier-Gazette from 1981 to 1990.
Her coverage area includes Warren, Union, Friendship, Waldoboro, Washington, and Thomaston and RSU40.
Beth has a passion for photography, and a degree from the University of Maine at Augusta, in affiliation with the Maine Photographic Workshop in Rockport.
Aside from photography, Beth enjoys working out, ocean therapy sessions and walks along the waterfront, as well as other outdoor activities. She has a daughter, Claire, who is 16.