Former Falmouth town manager up for Lewiston post

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LEWISTON — Former Falmouth Town Manager John D. “Doug” Harris, Gardiner City Manager Jeffrey Kobrock and interim City Administrator Phil Nadeau are the top three contenders for the city administrator’s job in Maine’s second largest city.

City councilors and members of a city hiring committee met with a group of seven candidates during the last two weeks, narrowing the list to three as of Thursday. Those names and their resumes were released by the city on Monday.

Human Resources Director Denis Jean said he is performing background checks on all three candidates. Jean told the Sun Journal said he expects members of the current City Council and those elected on Tuesday will bring the three candidates in for a final round of interviews within the next two weeks.

Councilors could name a new city administrator as early as the end of the month, Jean said.

Harris most recently served as the finance director for the city of Atchison, Kan., from March to August 2009. Before that, he was the county administrator for Franklin County, Kan., from January to November 2007. He served as town manager in Falmouth from 1979 through 2006, when he was asked to resign by the Town Council.