When we last checked in with the City Manager situation back in May, the city council had selected three finalists for the job and was getting ready to make their final hiring decision. How did that play out? In the end, Mark Rees of North Andover, Mass. triumphed over Framingham Mass. Town Manager Julian Suso and Portland’s own Pat Finnigan, who had been serving as our acting city manager after Joe Grey retired earlier this year. According to the Portland Forecaster, Rees could arrive in Portland this summer now that North Andover’s Board of Selectmen has given him permission to resign as their Town Manager. The Forecaster article also noted Rees will have to adapt to some key differences between North Andover and Portland:
Portland has a population of more than 66,000 and an operating budget of $202 million. North Andover has 30,000 people and an operating budget of $86 million.
North Andover is governed by a five-member board of selectman, an appointed town manager and an annual Town Meeting. Portland is preparing to have its first popularly elected mayor in more than 80 years, who will draw a $66,000 annual salary and set the agenda for the city manger and nine-member City Council.