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Rockland Council gives manager five-year extension

By Stephen Betts | Nov 09, 2020
City Manager Tom Luttrell shown in 2017 when he formally signed a contract to be Rockland's city manager.

Rockland — The Rockland City Council gave City Manager Tom Luttrell a five-year contract extension.

Councilors voted unanimously at their Nov. 9 meeting to grant the extension. Councilors praised Luttrell for bringing calm and stability back to municipal government.

Luttrell was originally hired by Rockland as finance director in January 2007 after five years as business manager of School Administrative District 5. He resigned as finance director in November 2015 during the tumultuous managerial term of James Chaousis to take a job with Rockland Savings Bank.

The city approached him in November 2016 and he returned to his longtime finance post under then City Manager Audra Caler Bell. Caler Bell accepted the town manager position in Camden, and Luttrell was hired to be Rockland's manager in July 2017.

Luttrell thanked councilors at the Nov. 9 meeting for their confidence in him and he looked forward to the next five years with the city.

At the Nov. 9 meeting, Mayor Lisa Westkaemper and Councilor Valli Geiger were praised for their service to the city in their final meeting as councilors. Neither sought re-election although Geiger was elected Nov. 3 to be the state representative in House District 93 that represents Rockland and Owls Head. She will be sworn into that seat next month.

Geiger has served six years on the Council.

Westkaemper is completing three years on the Council.

"Long speeches are not my forte," Westkaemper said. "Thank you from the bottom of my heart."

Councilors also honored wastewater treatment plant director for 20 years of service and named the area around the plant as the "Terrance G. Pinto Wastewater Treatment Facility & Campus." This includes the small parks around the sewer plant that he helped to design and develop.

Pinto talked about how when he was considering taking the job in Rockland in 2000, he met with then City Manager Tom Hall and then City Attorney Greg Dorr, the father of current City Councilor Ben Dorr.

"I told them I would stay three years," Pinto recalled.

He said the sewer plant at that time looked like a state prison and "stunk." In the ensuing 20 years, the odor problem was controlled and 300 trees have been planted around the facility.

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Comments (3)
Posted by: THOMAS MARSHALL, JR | Nov 10, 2020 13:29

The City is lucky to have you Tom!  Congratulations!!

Posted by: Peter Root | Nov 10, 2020 10:44

Speaking as a lifelong friend and fellow classmate of Tom's I am very happy for him on his extension. Ge certainly does deserve it.

Posted by: Gerald A Weinand | Nov 10, 2020 07:51

Congratulations Tom! Well deserved.

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