Waldoboro names new town manager

By Beth A. Birmingham | Mar 19, 2014
Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham Linda-Jean Briggs is Waldoboro's new town manager.

Waldoboro — The former town manager of Dexter has been selected as the new town manager of Waldoboro.

At its March 4 work session, the Board of Selectmen voted unanimously, 5-0, to appoint Linda-Jean Briggs to the position. Briggs replaces John Spear, who resigned at the end of last year. Wes Richardson, a former state representative, has been serving as interim town manager since then and is now seeking election to the Legislature.

Briggs not only brings past town government experience to the table, she also maintains a lengthy list of community service and other volunteer efforts.

"While approaching early retirement from a large telecommunications company, I returned to school for my second master's degree," said Briggs. This time it was in public administration.

As a second career, she decided she could continue her community service work and earn a paycheck. Living in Rhode Island presented few opportunities, so when a search throughout New England brought an offer from Dexter in 2011, she and her husband, Adam, relocated.

"I enjoyed my time in Dexter and miss the residents," said Briggs, after serving there as town manager for two years.

"I left Dexter following a total turnover of the seven-member council," said Briggs. She said the new council expected to go in a different direction. "My style no longer fit."

Briggs said she wanted to position herself in a slightly bigger town, and Waldoboro is approximately 22 percent larger than Dexter.

"Although larger, it still faces many of the same challenges," said Briggs about her new position.

"Waldoboro is a full-service community," she said. "But resources are limited. It is always a challenge to balance the customer service we are able to provide at the least possible cost to the taxpayer."

Briggs characterizes herself as a fair, open, honest and firm manager.

"I am comfortable listening to both sides before making a decision," she said. "I do not shy away from a challenge, but take it on aggressively to a final resolution."

Her salary will be $70,000 plus benefits, according to Chairman Craig Cooley of the selectmen. That sum is a $4,000 increase from what Spear was paid as town manager.

"I look forward to meeting the residents and business owners of Waldoboro and hope to schedule a meet-and-greet evening in the month of April," said Briggs.

In the meantime, Briggs said she will be exploring the town and all it has to offer.

"Don't be surprised if I walk up and introduce myself," she said.

Briggs has two grown sons — Addison, 25 and Taylor, 23.

Briggs enjoys boating, ice fishing, snowmobiling, hunting and hiking. She also enjoys cooking, reading and quiet time with friends and family.

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

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