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The newly appointed Town Manager, Mr. Jerry Douglass, was sworn in on August 22, 2022. When asked why he chose Durham, Jerry said, “ I wanted to expand my administrative skills and the position of town management fits nicely with my professional goals”. Jerry brings with him over 19 plus years of service in both the State agencies and currently with the City of Gardiner as their Public Works Director. His dual bachelor’s degrees in both Public Management and Parks and Recreation have permitted his style to be interactive with the community, citizens, and employees he works with.
The search for the Town Manager began shortly after Ms. Kathy Tombarelli resigned in March of this year. The Select Board initiated the hiring process with the assistance of Mitch Berkowitz. The hiring process was designed with citizen and staff participation and continued during a period where competition from other communities in Maine to fill their town manager positions was at an all-time high. “Select Board members were extremely pleased with this process and the involvement of the citizens on the committee”, said Joe Tomm Select Board member. We believe that Jerry’s management style, planning and program development skills as well as his contacts with the State agencies will assist the staff team as they improve operations and services locally was the general statement echoed by the balance of the Select Board members.