Months after firing its metropolis supervisor and dismissing a fellow metropolis councilor, the Eastport Metropolis Council has crammed these positions together with one other vacant metropolis councilor seat on an interim foundation.
George “Bud” Finch, who served as Eastport’s metropolis supervisor from 1995 to 2010, will fill his previous job briefly whereas the town conducts a seek for a brand new metropolis supervisor. Finch started his newest stint as interim supervisor in early June, stated William Boone, president of the Metropolis Council.
In the meantime, Colleen Dana-Cummings was appointed in April to fill the council seat that beforehand was held by Ross Lawrence. Lawrence was eliminated by a council vote in March.
The 2 removals proceed a years-long cycle of unrest and turnover in Eastport.
Boone declined to remark about why the council determined to take away Lawrence from the council. Lawrence and different members of the board had been accused by residents of violating the town’s written code of conduct for metropolis councilors for a wide range of offenses, in response to minutes of a Feb. 22 particular council assembly. It’s unclear which one led to Lawrence’s dismissal.
Eastport’s earlier metropolis supervisor, Kate Devonshire, was fired on Might 10, a bit greater than a 12 months after she began. Eastport officers haven’t publicly stated why they fired Devonshire.
Devonshire was the sixth particular person to serve as Eastport’s metropolis supervisor since Finch left in 2010. She changed Thomas Hoskins II, who was additionally fired after serving as Eastport’s metropolis supervisor for a 12 months.
Though Finch has been residing in Florida, he has agreed to fill in as interim metropolis supervisor indefinitely, Boone stated. His tenure will proceed on a month-to-month foundation, he stated
The town hasn’t but began its seek for a brand new metropolis supervisor, however the Metropolis Council has mentioned updating the place’s job description and what course of the town desires to comply with find a brand new metropolis supervisor, he stated.
‘We’ve talked about job descriptions and putting adverts,” Boone stated.
The council additionally briefly crammed a seat vacated when former councilor David Oja abruptly resigned the identical day Devonshire was fired. David Morang, who beforehand served on the council, has been appointed by different members to complete the rest of the time period vacated by Oja, Boone stated.
Oja’s time period was as a consequence of expire on Dec. 31, 2023. Elections can be held in November to elect two new councilors to the seats previously held by Oja and Lawrence, Boone stated.