Congratulations to Butch Burbank on his appointment as town manager for the town of Lincoln, NH. Burbank spent 27 years working for the Waterville Valley Department of Public Safety; three years as police chief and director of public safety.
Read about it in a story by Sara Young-Knox that appears in the Union Leader newspaper.
Burbank had the support of the board after an extensive search to find a replacement for former town manager Peter Joseph. Joseph, who left in September to be the town manager of Freeport, Maine, announced his resignation in July.
The board chose Burbank from a field of more than 60 applicants, winnowing down the prospective managers with the assistance of Joseph and an interview panel of local residents.
“He really understands the needs of a community. He has a good understanding of how to deal with the public, and how to be open and engaging,” O.J. Robinson, chairman of the Lincoln Board of Selectmen, said in the announcement.
Burbank is chairman of the Thornton Board of Selectmen, and has served on that board for three years. He is a 27-year veteran of the Waterville Valley Public Safety department, having spent his last three years there as chief of police/director of public safety. After retiring, he joined the Local Government Center as a health and safety adviser, a position he’s held for nine years.
On Wednesday, he said his LGC position strengthened his interest in local government management, and that being on the Thornton Board of Selectmen gave him the confidence to apply for the Lincoln town manager position.
Burbank said that his major goal is to get to know the experienced staff and become part of the team. He noted that the town is already into the budget process, and that initially his biggest challenge will be getting settled into the position, which has been vacant only a short time.
Also on the front burner is the construction of a replacement for the Loon Mountain Bridge, which spans the East Branch of the Pemigewasset River. The bridge was damaged during Tropical Storm Irene, a section of it collapsing several days later. It was fitted with a prefabricated modular steel Acrow bridge, a temporary fix. Selectmen have approved plans for a new bridge.
In an interview after the announcement of his resignation, former town manager Joseph remarked that all the boards, volunteers and elected officials work really well with town staff. The year-round population of Lincoln is 1,600, though the actually number of people in the town varies greatly with the seasons.
Located at the western end of the Kancamagus Highway and home to Loon Mountain, the town has several large hospitality properties, along with condominium and second-home developments. Its annual municipal budget is about $5.5 million.
Burbank will oversee the town’s departments. There are 31 full-time, nine part-time, 37 seasonal, and 22 on-call employees.
Sara Young-Knox may be reached at email@example.com.