At its April 23 meeting, the Waldoboro Board of Selectmen announced that it is renewing Town Manager Julie Keizer's contract.

The current contract expires May 1, and the new contract is for five more years, running through April 30, 2024, and can be renewed for additional terms. Keizer’s annual salary will be $82,000, with incremental increases thereafter, and a salary cap.

Although she initially had reservations about leaving her prior position and "work family," Keizer said, she has found another family in Waldoboro. "This was the best decision I've made in my life," she said.

Speaking on behalf of the board, Chairman Bob Butler said members have been delighted since the day Keizer arrived, and "We're looking forward to the next five years."

Butler said he could not be more optimistic about the future of the town.

“We finally have continuity in the town manager position, something we've been lacking for more than 10 years." He added, “We can now face the present and plan for the future knowing that we have a town manager who loves the town and looks forward to meeting its challenges.”

Keizer took over for Interim Town Manager Bert Kendall in May 2017, who sat in following Linda-Jean Briggs' departure in January 2017 to take a position in Rumford after serving in Waldoboro for almost three years.

Keizer came to Waldoboro from Waretown, N.J. — the top pick among 26 applicants and five finalists, bringing 20 years' experience with her.

From early on, Keizer's goals have been to protect the Medomak River and develop Waldoboro commercially.

Her renewed contract was welcomed by the board, as well as the citizens in attendance, as the position had been referred to as a "revolving chair."

Over the course of the past decade, the town of Waldoboro has had eight town managers — including four interims.

The longest-standing town manager in the town's history was Lee Smith, who reigned for one month shy of 21 years — from January 1987 to December 2007. The next-longest in the position since was William Post, serving from March 2008 to January 2011; then John Spear, serving from August 2011 to December 2013.

Butler noted that in recent years the mood has changed and people can sense it.

“Our town manager's boundless energy, common sense and management skills have helped to restore hope and a feeling of momentum,” he said. “It's a great time to live in Waldoboro.”

Courier Publications reporter Beth A. Birmingham can be reached at 594-4401 ext. 125 or via email at bbirmingham@villagesoup.com.