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Rockland harbor master to shift gears

By Stephen Betts | Mar 03, 2021
Photo by: Alicia Biggart / USHarbors.com Rockland Harbor Master Matt Ripley

Rockland — Rockland Harbor Master Matt Ripley has resigned from the post he has held for the past five years.

Ripley said he plans to devote more time to his landscaping and excavation business — High and Tight Lawn Care. He has operated the business on his days off as harbor master.

Ripley was hired by the city in March 2016. He has overseen a harbor that has nearly 600 moorings, which are filled in the summer. During the past five years, issues such as the proposed expansion of Yachting Solutions Marina and cruise ships have received considerable attention.

"I've worked with some of the best crews on my time here," Ripley said.

He thanked the city staff, the harbor management commission and the community.

His last day as harbor master will be March 14.

Rockland City Manager Tom Luttrell said he has advertised the position and has received two applications thus far. He said once he receives a third one, he will begin the job hiring process.

Ripley came to Rockland after retiring from the Coast Guard after a 21-year career.

As a naval engineer in the Coast Guard, Ripley supervised personnel in shipboard and small boat engineering maintenance, search and rescue operations, waterfront projects, drug interdiction, migrant operations, ship repair, law enforcement and training, among other things.

He worked closely with a variety of local state and government agencies ranging from Federal Emergency Management Agency to local sheriff departments, and he has been stationed in Rockland and St. Augustine, Fla.

He grew up in St. George and started his career working as a crewman on the Laura B in Port Clyde.

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Comments (5)
Posted by: Dennis Corkum | Mar 05, 2021 09:39

Ed was great.  He came to my house one afternoon to tell me there was a boat sinking on my mooring and if I couldn't  notify the owner he would pump it out.  I also found his webcam very helpful and interesting.  He also got around the harbor fine in his skiff and didn't need a gas guzzling rocket ship.



Posted by: Richard McKusic, Sr. | Mar 05, 2021 09:02

WOW!! What words of affirmation for our Mayor.  R E F R E S H I N G !!!



Posted by: William & Lorraine Ryan | Mar 04, 2021 20:07

Ditto on Mr Glaser



Posted by: Rod Coleman | Mar 04, 2021 17:16

Ed Glaser was excellent.



Posted by: Stephen K Carroll | Mar 04, 2021 08:04

In my opinion (and I was on the search committee) the biggest mistake the City made when looking for a new City Manager was NOT to ask a highly qualified individual already working for them.  Ed Glaser was one of the best harbor masters the City has ever had.  Don't know if he's interested in the job, but at least someone should ask him.



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