Rockport Town Manager Rick Bates announced Jan. 24 that he will retire at the end of June when his current 3-year agreement with the town ends.

He said he will continue to serve the town in a part-time consulting role to follow the library construction through to completion and work on other projects as needed. He has worked for the town for six years.

"We believe that this will allow the best transition period for the next town manager in Rockport," he said.

"Serving the town of Rockport has been one of the highlights of a career in public service that began 41 years ago in June of 1977, when I was hired as Parks and Recreation director in Raymond, N.H."

"It has been a pleasure and an honor to serve the town and its boards over the past six years. It is a privilege to work with so many hardworking and dedicated employees who give above and beyond to serve the taxpayers of Rockport. While I will be leaving my role as town manager in Rockport, I will not be leaving the Midcoast. I have made many wonderful friends in the area and intend to remain an active member of the community."

The Rockport Select Board issued a joint statement, saying:

"The Rockport Select Board wishes to thank Town Manager Rick Bates for his dedicated service to the town over the past six years, and wishes him great happiness as he moves into a new chapter of his life. Rick has accomplished a great deal during his time in Rockport, including the management of several significant infrastructure projects, the updating of many critical policies, and the shepherding of the new Rockport Public Library project. He leaves the town in excellent financial condition.

"…As dictated by the town charter, the Select Board will be appointing a town manager search committee to assist in finding the best candidate to be Rockport’s next manager. Citizens who are interested in serving on this committee are invited fill out a town committee application, which can be obtained at the Town Office or on the town website."

Chairman of the Board of Selectmen Douglas Cole announced his resignation as chairman Jan. 6. Cole remains a member of the Select Board.

Kenneth McKinley has taken over as chairman and Debra Hall is serving as vice chairman.