ORRINGTON- The Town Office Meeting Room in Orrington was packed on Tuesday night as residents came out to express concerns about the future of the town manager position.
Some even went as far as saying selectmen planned it behind closed doors.
Orrington’s Select Board voted to fire town manager, Joan Gibson, last week, 3-2.
When they hired her a little more than three months ago, she became the third person to hold the position in the past year.
“It just happens that it hasn’t worked out for those people that have served as town manager to this point,” Allan Snell, the chair of the select board.
He was one of the three who voted in favor of firing Gibson, as well as Charles Green and Christopher Robison.
The two selectmen who voted against it said Gibson was never given a fair chance.
“A number of people heard one of the selectmen say, after an executive session, we’ll take care of this and decide how to get rid of her by email tomorrow,” Don Brown, an Orrington resident, told us.
People at the meeting said Gibson was not given a fair performance review and that she was fired based on the opinions of other town employees.
“It’s been handled very poorly,” Brown added. “Joan Gibson was hired after the search committee put in a lot of time and effort.”
In the meantime, Snell said they would discuss moving forward with finding an interim town manager.
Brown mentioned starting the recall process for the Snell, Green, and Robison.
A number of people at the meeting said they wanted a referendum on the vote that happened last week.
For now, Snell and the Town Clerk, Susan Carson, will be managing the town managers responsibilities.