Warren names new town manager

By Beth A. Birmingham | May 02, 2016
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Warren — Chairman Arnold Hill said the Warren Board of Selectmen has chosen the new town manager.

William Lawrence of Lincoln, who currently serves as manager of Howland, will assume the position June 1, taking over for Interim Town Manager Robin Bennett. Bennett's last day will be May 28, according to Hill.

Out of the eight applicants, the selection of Lawrence was unanimous. Bennett did not seek the position.

The board made an agreement April 25, and Lawrence accepted the three-year contract at a salary of $70,000.

"All told, he [Lawrence] has about 30 years of municipal experience in different capacities," Hill said, which was a deciding factor.

"I am excited about Warren giving me this opportunity," Lawrence said in a phone interview.

He said he feels this is the right move for him and his wife, Kathy. The couple have two grown children who reside in the Bangor area, along with several grandchildren, so they will not be too far away.

"We are very familiar with Midcoast region," Lawrence said, adding he is looking forward to serving the people of Warren.

Lawrence served a six-month probationary period in Howland beginning in May of last year, and was retained as the town manager with a three-year contract extension at $57,500, according to previous reports.

He said it is bittersweet for him, as he has a great staff, but added that he feels he has more of an opportunity to help Warren through economic development and growth.

Lawrence served as town manager for the town of White Springs, Fla., from July 2014 to June 2015, before taking on his current position as town manager for Howland. Prior to that, he served in the same position in the town of Lincoln from June 2013 to July 2014.

He was police chief for Lincoln for two years, and was a member of the Bangor Police Department for eight years.

Lawrence graduated from the University of Maine with an associate's degree in criminal justice and Maine Criminal Justice Academy's basic police school.

"I wish the best for the town of Warren," Bennett said.

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

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