Isleford man to take on Chebeague Island administrator role

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CHEBEAGUE ISLAND — Eric Dyer will move from one island to another to become Chebeague’s new town administrator on Jan. 2.

The Board of Selectmen voted unanimously Oct. 30 to hire Dyer, 31, who currently serves as facilities supervisor for the town of Cranberry Isles and lives on Islesford, in the Bar Harbor area. He will fill the position vacated last month by Scott Seaver.

In 2006, Dyer went to Cranberry Isles as an Island Institute Fellow, working on the town’s comprehensive plan and to bring wireless Internet to the island. In 2007, he became the island’s facilities manager.

Dyer’s last day on the job is Dec. 10, and he will spend the rest of the year training for his next position.

Board of Selectman Chairman David Hill said Seaver, while retired from the administrative role, is staying on to assist in the transition on a per diem basis. Seaver replaced Ron Grenier to become Chebeague’s second town administrator in April 2008, having previously served that role in North Yarmouth for 26 years.

Hill said Dyer’s island experience was a key factor in his hiring. He noted that Dyer has a strong background in marine infrastructure, planning and finance.

“He’s a young man and full of energy, and we appreciate that and look forward to working with him,” Hill said.

The town worked with the Maine Municipal Association in the hiring process. Hill said that of about 65 applicants, 25 resumes were forwarded to the Board of Selectmen, which then narrowed the pool down to five people to be interviewed in person.

Dyer, who will be paid a salary of $50,000, plans to move onto Chebeague.

“I’ll basically be moving from one island to the next in a weekend, weather permitting,” he said.

Dyer has spent much of his life near the water, having grown up in the Lakes Region and having done waterfront planning work in California, where he attended graduate school and earned his master’s degree in urban and regional planning.

Dyer said the position drew his interest because it will allow him to continue his administrative experience on the waterfront.

“The island environment is great,” he said. “(This is) the chance for me to work within the same type of work I’d been doing, but it’s a little bit of a step up.”

“We’re quite excited about it,” Hill said of Dyer’s hiring. “I think it’s going to be good.”

Alex Lear can be reached at 373-9060 ext. 113 or alear@theforecaster.net.

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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.