2016-12-30 / Front Page

Cape names manager finalists

By Wm. Duke Harrington
Staff Writer

Matthew Sturgis Matthew Sturgis CAPE ELIZABETH — The Cape Elizabeth Town Council has settled on one of two men to serve as their first new town manager in more than 30 years.

In a Dec. 21 press release the town said it was down to Ephrem Paraschak, currently the town manager of Naples, and Matthew Sturgis, who has served as Cape Elizabeth’s tax assessor since 2001

Both finalists will appear at a public reception 6 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 3 at Thomas Memorial Library. The candidates, who will have spent time with town department heads and the interim superintendent of schools earlier that afternoon, will then sit for a second round interviews before town councilors on Jan. 4.

According to the release, the council expects to pick its top choice during the second week of January, with the new manager to assume his duties that same week.

Stugis, 48, has been Cape’s tax assessor for nearly 16 years. In 2015, he also took on assessing duties for the town of Scarborough. A 1991 graduate of Trinity University in Texas, with a degree in philosophy and political science, Sturgis also is on the executive board of the Greater Portland Council of Governments and the Maine Leadership Board of the American Lung Association of New England.

Ephrem Paraschak Ephrem Paraschak A resident of Gray, Sturgis has been on the town council there since 2011 and currently serves as its chairman. He has said he will resign from the council if chosen for the manager’s job in Cape Elizabeth.

A certified property appraiser with his own company, Sturgis Appraisals, Sturgis formerly lived in New Gloucester, where he also was chairman of its board of selectmen. Sturgis is state representative, education chairman and treasurer for the Maine Chapter of the International Association of Assessing Officers.

Paraschak, 32, has been the town manager of Naples since

June 2014. Before that, he was the town manager of Denmark for six years, having previously served one year as compliance coordinator in Gorham and three years as a project supervisor within the Maine Department of Transportation.

He has a 2007 degree in political science and history from Syracuse University, as well as a master’s degree in public management and finance, earned in 2010 from the University of Southern Maine.

The search to replace longtime town manager Michael McGovern was conducted by Portland-based consulting group Eaton Peabody, which is currently performing a similar service in

South Portland.

According to Eaton Peabody’s Don Gerrish, who is currently serving as South Portland’s interim city manager, the Cape search garnered 38 applications, of which the town council interviewed six candidates during mid-December, before settling on Sturgis and Paraschak as finalists.

Assistant Town Manager/Town Clerk Debra Lane will serve as interim town manager until the new manager takes up his duties. Meanwhile, McGovern in October signed a contract with the council to stay on as a consultant to the new manager through June 30.

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