News Feature

Blue Hill
Originally published in The Weekly Packet, January 6, 2022
Blue Hill’s town administrator resigns

Shawna Ambrose

Shawna Ambrose.

Photo courtesy of Shawna Ambrose

by Jeffrey B. Roth

Shawna Ambrose, Blue Hill’s town administrator, submitted her resignation during the January 3 select board meeting. While her resignation will be effective at the end of January, Ambrose has agreed to “assist the select board on an as-needed basis until her replacement is hired.”

In November 2019, Ambrose became the town’s first administrator, according to a press release issued by Ambrose and board chair, Ellen Best. “Shawna has trained a very capable town office staff, so the day-to-day town office business will be in good hands while we search for her replacement,” Best said.

“The last couple of years have made me realize that life is short,” Ambrose said in a January 4 email. “Family and doing what you love are most important, so that is exactly what I am going to do: spend more time with my family and follow my heart back into the healthcare field. I am grateful to have served as Town Administrator over the last few years. This position has taught me many things.”

The select board, according to the press release, plans to work with the Maine Municipal Association in recruiting a new town administrator. After “some rest,” Ambrose plans to seek part-time employment.

“My decision to resign was based on personal reasons,” Ambrose said in the release. “I simply need to devote more to my family than this job allows, especially to my two daughters at this point in their lives. I have enjoyed this job and have appreciated the chance to be of service to my town in this way. It was not an easy decision to resign, but my family has to come first.”

The select board members praised Ambrose for her work ethic and for her accomplishments in serving the town government and the community. In the release, board members expressed their appreciation for her dedication on and off the job:

Best said, “The Select Board accepted Shawna’s resignation with deep regret. She has done a great job for our Town. She was clearly the right person to help us make the transition to having a Town Administrator. She is responsible for many improvements to the operation of the Town and managed Town business incredibly well during a difficult period of time. We are very sorry to see her depart, though we fully understand her reason for doing so.”

Jim Dow said, “Shawna is smart, skilled, hardworking, and unafraid to make difficult decisions—she had the right stuff for the job. We hope the person we find to replace her is as good.”