Chebeague Island administrator to step down in October; Damon rescinds resignation from Board of Selectmen

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CHEBEAGUE ISLAND — Scott Seaver plans to step aside as town administrator on Oct. 15, he said Monday.

Meanwhile, Donna Damon is rescinding the resignation from the Board of Selectmen that she submitted last month.

“I went over there in April of 2008 for a couple months, and here I am,” said New Gloucester resident Seaver, who served as town administrator in North Yarmouth for 26 years before being hired by Chebeague Island.

“I’ve been able to help (Chebeague), I hope …,” he said, “and hopefully done some things that will help them get going.”

He added that “there have been some challenges, but it’s been good.”

Chebeague seceded from Cumberland three years ago. Seaver is the town’s second administrator; he replaced Ron Grenier.

The 57-year-old said he hopes to do something with less stress and fewer meetings, or no meetings at all.

His contract with Chebeague ended June 30. The Board of Selectmen was due to vote Wednesday on his request for a contract extension through Oct. 15.

“I’ve given them some options on (finding a replacement),” Seaver said, such as doing it themselves or employing the Maine Municipal Association.

The board was also expected Wednesday to vote on the resignation of Selectman Donna Miller Damon. Her June 9 letter of resignation said her withdrawal would be effective immediately, and that she had been honored to serve Chebeague residents in different elected roles since 1971. Damon represented Chebeague on the Cumberland Town Council before the island’s secession.

But on Monday, Damon said she reconsidered last weekend. She declined to say why she wanted to resign, and what changed her mind.

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A Maine native and Colby College graduate, Alex has been covering coastal communities since 2001, and currently handles Bath, Topsham, Cumberland, and North Yarmouth. He and his wife, Lauren, live in the Portland area, and Alex recently released his third album of original music.