Eddy to leave economic development post
BRUNSWICK - Economic Development Director Mathew Eddy announced his resignation last week, leaving the town with a second significant staff vacancy as it rolls into next year.
Eddy, hired in 2003, is leaving his Brunswick post to become the executive director at Eaton Peabody Consulting Group, a position Eddy described as an opportunity to take his "skill set statewide."
Since his arrival Eddy has been involved in several of Brunswick's development projects, most notably Maine Street Station, a $23 million multi-use downtown development project, and Harbor Technologies, a marine composites company that has become part of the town's growing composites industry cluster.
Eddy has also collaborated in establishing the town's art festival, as well as other initiatives.
Eddy's departure comes as the Town Council begins its search for a new town manager. Don Gerrish, the town manager since 1989, is set to retire Dec. 31.
The council will pick Gerrish's replacement. However, Eddy's replacement will be hired by the new or interim town manager after consultation with the council.
The position could also undergo some changes, since a council subcommittee is reviewing town staffing to identify redundancies and efficiencies. Prior to its creation in 2003, economic development duties were shared by the town manager and the director of planning and development.
The efficiency subcommittee has yet to make any recommendations.
Gerrish said Monday that he would recommend keeping the economic development director position.
"I think the position needs to be filled now more than ever," Gerrish said, adding that the ever-creeping 2011 closure of Brunswick Naval Air Station makes economic development an important part of the town's ability to weather the impact of the shutdown.
Gerrish's sentiments were shared by council Chairwoman Joanne King, who said the position gives the town a point person for businesses and developers.
"Mat was a really good ambassador to the business world," King said. "It was something we really needed and appreciated, having someone on the business front."
King highlighted Maine Street Station as one of Eddy's most significant achievements. The multi-use, multi-transit project broke ground last month. It is hoped that the project, along with the addition of Amtrak Downeaster service, will enhance Brunswick's downtown and make the town a destination for shoppers and tourists.
"It's a downtown infill project, which is exactly what the community needed and wanted," King said. "He should be very proud of that."
In his Dec. 4 resignation letter to Gerrish, Eddy said Maine Street Station will become a "project all will come to appreciate when it is finished and the train is running."
Eddy, whose resignation is effective Jan. 2, will work his last day Dec. 24.
Steve Mistler can be reached at 373-9060 ext. 123 or firstname.lastname@example.org.