Interviews under way for Thomaston code enforcement officer

By Juliette Laaka | Dec 14, 2012
Source: Thomaston Town Office website, Lyman Morse An aerial view of Thomaston.

Thomaston — The Thomaston Personnel Committee has interviewed three candidates for the position of code enforcement officer, last held by Peter Surek.

Ten applicants submitted applications for the position, and committee member Peter Lammert said the committee is currently in the "mulling it over stage" of whether to interview additional candidates.

In the past, an applicant for the position has been hired through a process involving the personnel committee, town manager and select board.

The committee will generally choose three candidates from the pool, depending on the number and quality of applicants. Of the chosen few, one will be selected by the town manager to be appointed by the select board.

A relative of Town Manager Valmore Blastow Jr. has applied for the position, said Blastow at the Dec. 10 select board meeting.

Blastow consulted the advice of the town's personnel attorney and will only serve as a resource to the committee during interviews. If and when the relative is interviewed, Blastow will not be present, said Lammert.

Lammert said the process for hiring a code enforcement officer is " the darndest process I've ever been involved with — nothing is cut and dry."

He stressed each candidate brings different qualifications to the table and committee members must consider "everybody and everything frontward, backward and upside down" to make the right decision.

Lammert added he was disappointed no women applied for the position as he believes men would be more apt to "mind their manners" dealing with a female code enforcement officer.

Courier Publications reporter Juliette Laaka can be reached at 594-4401 ext. 118 or via email at


Comments (2)
Posted by: William Pease | Dec 14, 2012 17:51

By golly, it's gonna be hard to select someone to replace Peter Surek! Good luck to them! Pete, you're a long-time Thomaston treasure--and a Rockland High School Class of 1952 treasure, too! We wouldn't be the same without you!

Four exclamation marks! Well, five.  Well deserved, Pete!. OK, six.

Posted by: Sumner Kinney | Dec 14, 2012 14:57

That's our Pete!

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