Dresden hires city administrator after former city leader’s contract is not renewed
DRESDEN – Daniel Swain started this week as administrator of the city of Dresden after the Select Board decided not to renew the contract of Michael Faass.
Faass started with the city just over a year ago, after moving from Georgia to central Maine.
“My contract expired and they (the select committee members) chose not to renew it,” Faass said in a brief interview, declining to comment further.
Coach John Rzasa has confirmed that Faass’ contract has not been renewed. Rzasa declined to say more about Faass.
Swain, meanwhile, said his new position was “working really well.”
Rzasa said he was part of the team that hired Swain and everything he heard about him was positive. Swain, who is to be paid $53,000 in the first year, had the best qualifications for the job, according to Rzasa.
“He hasn’t been with us long,” Rzasa said, “but he understands the small town.”
Swain grew up in Skowhegan and still lives there with his dog, Ellie.
Swain went to the University of Maine at Machias, where he earned a degree in history and public administration. After college, he worked as a city manager at Reed Plantation in Aroostook County, a tax collector in Palermo and, most recently, a city manager in Monson, where he spent four years before stepping down earlier this year. to “regroup his brain” and “think about what he wanted to do.
“I was at a point where I wanted to ask myself, ‘Do I want to do this or take a year off?'” Swain said. “I saw the ad (for the city administrator of Dresden) and I knew it was a bigger city than what I was managing before.”
Swain said he is passionate about small town government, especially finance and accessibility to local residents, and excited to play a bigger role.
When it comes to finances, Swain said, one of his priorities is making sure the community gets “the best deal they should.” For example, Swain said, with many people moving from cities to smaller communities, one of his goals is to ensure that Dresden residents and their tax dollars are not adversely affected by “the influx new residents.
As city administrator, Swain said he was able to have great public accessibility.
“It’s easy for people to come in here and tell me how they feel,” he said. “It’s one of the things that excites me. When I’m in charge of the city, people will always have a voice. Everyone needs to be heard and confirmed that there is someone out there who hears them.
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