2017-05-19 / Front Page / JT Beacon

Pardue signs on as K'bunk town manager for next three years

Staff Writer

KENNEBUNK — After serving as the interim town manager since late last year, the Kennebunk Board of Selectmen have appointed Michael Pardue as town manager for the next three years.

Pardue had been the interim town manager since Dec. 5, 2016, taking office after Barry Tibbetts — who’d served as town manager since 1998 — stated he would not be seeking a renewal of his contract with the town. Pardue’s three-year contract begins July 1.

According to Richard Morin, chairman of the Board of Selectmen, Pardue proved his competence to serve as town manager by handling a number of high stake issues, like the marijuana debate and town budget, with proficiency.

“From the very moment he assumed office, Mike has had a plateful of challenging issues to navigate,” Morin said in a press release. “These can be polarizing issues for a community, yet Mike has been able to professionally, and very adeptly, guide the town through these topics.”

Pardue, a longtime resident of Kennebunk, has spent many years working in the municipal sector, acting in roles as interim chief of police in Kennebunk and Ogunquit, fire chief and town administrator in North Hampton, New Hampshire, and director of Public Safety in Westbrook.

“What I think really lends to my ability to be an asset to the community is having served as a police chief, a fire chief and public service and public safety director,” said Pardue in a telephone interview Thursday. “It allows me to understand the challenges that each of those entities experience, and so from a town manager's perspective I think that’s very helpful, not to be working from theory but to having actually done the work as well, so it allows me to better support the men and women who work in those departments and understand what they’re faced with each day.”

Morin added that with his experience Pardue is as well qualified as any other potential candidate.

“Mr. Pardue’s knowledge of each of these municipal functions meets our candidate profile as well as anyone possibly could ... We could not have found a more perfect candidate to permanently fill the position of town Mmanager for Kennebunk,” Morin said.

Pardue added that having seen the hard work that Kennebunk town employees put forth each day, the decision to stay on as town manager was a no brainer.

“It’s unbelievable the commitment that I see from them, and that in turn made my decision even easier to know that I will be working with highly skilled and dedicated professionals,” Pardue said. “And the fact that I drive a half a mile to work now isn’t a bad thing either.”

— Staff Writer Ryder Schumacher can be reached at 282-1535, or via email at rschumacher@journaltribune.com.




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