HARRISON — An open invitation has gone out to the community-at-large to come say goodbye to Town Manager George “Bud” Finch as he retires from a long and successful career.
An Open House will be held at the Town Office meeting room on Thursday, May 10 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. to wish Finch a happy retirement. Refreshments will be served.
Town Clerk Melissa St. John said those unable to attend are invited to send their well wishes by leaving a note on the clipboard in the Clerk’s Office.
Finch announced his retirement last September, after serving seven years at the helm of town government in “The Friendly Village.”
This was Finch’s second stint as a town manager, and his second career. He grew up in Eastport, but left after high school in 1967 to work at Pratt & Whitney in East Hartford, Conn. where he stayed in a variety of different positions, earning his bachelor’s degree, and later moving back to Maine where he continued to work for the company, and raising a family in the town of Wells.
In the mid-1990s, desiring a career change, Finch secured a job as interim city manager in Eastport and continued there for 15 years, developing a passion for managing small town government.
In 2011, Finch came to Harrison and replaced former Town Manager Brad Plante.
In his last official message to townspeople in his April 20 newsletter that he has sent out weekly to update residents on town business and local happenings, he reflected on his time in Harrison, thanking the Board of Selectmen, town employees and especially the residents.
“Harrison is in a far better place than when he arrived,” said the Board of Selectmen in a statement released last month.Rangeley Town Manager Tim Pellerin has been hired to be the next town manager in Harrison. He is expected to begin his duties in mid May.firstname.lastname@example.org