Town Manager Recruitment Process


In January of 2022, Kennebunk Town Manager Michael Pardue announced his retirement after more than forty years of municipal service, with the last six as Kennebunk Town Manager. 

Per the Kennebunk Town Charter, the Select Board is responsible for appointing the Town Manager. The Board has undertaken a search process, which includes sourcing the services of an experienced executive search firm to recruit and hire the next Town Manager. 

Recruitment Process

The Town solicited proposals from experienced executive search firms to assist in recruiting applicants for the position of Town Manager. 

Request for Proposals- Town Manager Recruitment Consulting Services (PDF) 

Summary of RFP Proposals Received (PDF)

The following three proposals were submitted for consideration:

The selection process may include interviews in which consultants will be asked to make presentations of their recruitment approach and services. An RFP Review Committee will evaluate and score each submission and based upon all of the evaluation criteria and interview, the Town may select a preferred consultant. 

Review Committee Members

  • Michael Pardue, Town Manager
  • Jeri Sheldon, Human Resources Director
  • Joel Downs, Finance Director
  • L. Blake Baldwin, Select Board Chair
  • Kortney Nedeau, Select Board Member


Task Anticipated Date
Release RFP May 5, 2022
Questions Due May 11, 2022
Responses Issued May 17, 2022
Proposals Due (2:30 PM) May 24, 2022
Review of Proposals May-June 2022
Selection of Search Consultant May-June 2022
Recruitment June-August 2022
New Town Manager Start Date Fall 2022
  1. Town Manager

    Physical Address
    Kennebunk Town Hall, Second Floor
    1 Summer St.
    Kennebunk, ME 04043

    Phone: (207) 985-2102 ext. 1308
    Fax: (207) 985-4609