Former Camden town manager hired in Ogunquit

By Gillian Graham, Portland Press Herald | Aug 03, 2017
Patricia Finnigan

Ogunquit — Former Camden Town Manager Patricia Finnigan, of Saco, who resigned in January, has been named the new Ogunquit town manager, the Select Board announced Aug. 2.

Finnigan will fill the top Ogunquit position left vacant by the resignation of Thomas Fortier, who was charged with theft and official oppression after allegedly pocketing parking fees collected from visitors.

Finnigan resigned from her Camden post earlier this year in the wake of revelations about financial mismanagement of the Camden Snow Bowl expansion project.

Following a town audit, it was revealed that nearly $750,000 was taken from surplus without voter approval to pay for cost overruns for the project. The audit revealed spending on the Snow Bowl redevelopment, and the movement of funds, reached into many different parts of the town budget. The audit showed mismanagement and that the town of Camden had strayed from best practices. More than $6.5 million has been spent on the project, with $2 million coming from taxpayers and the rest privately funded, and this does not include building a new lodge. The total project to completion was estimated to cost $6.5 million.

Charles Waite, Oqunquit Select Board chairman, said the search for a new town manager attracted 50 applicants from across the country. Finnigan was one of two finalists interviewed.

“The Select Board was pleased with the caliber of people this position attracted, which speaks well of Ogunquit,” Waite said in a statement. “Pat brings a depth of experience and a unique set of skills that will help us build upon the great thing Ogunquit has to offer and what we hope to accomplish in the future.”

Under a tentative contract agreement, Finnigan will receive a starting salary of $110,000. The Select Board is scheduled to vote on Finnigan’s contract during a special meeting Aug. 7 and she is scheduled to start Aug. 14.

Before serving as town manager in Camden, Finnigan was assistant city manager in Portland and assistant and city manager in Auburn. She holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Maine and has taken graduate courses at the Muskie School of Public Service at the University of Southern Maine.

“Ogunquit is a special place with a combination of natural beauty and resources, character and charm, and a diverse and engaged community, which are tremendous assets,” Finnigan said in a statement. “I look forward to working with the Select Board, the town employees and citizens to gain a better understanding of people’s goals and work together to achieve them.”

Portland Press Herald staff writer Gillian Graham can be contacted at ggraham@pressherald.com.

Comments (1)
Posted by: Dale Hayward | Aug 03, 2017 11:52

The revolving door swings again.



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