Originally published in Castine Patriot, June 27, 2019
Town manager position changes hands in Castine
by Monique Labbe
After a search that began in January, the town of Castine has found its new town manager in Sean Blodgett.
For the last couple of weeks, Blodgett has been learning the ropes from Jimmy Goodson, who holds the title of town manager until June 30. He has spent much of that time training and getting to know the town office staff and several members of the community, all of whom Blodgett said have been “nothing but welcoming.”
Blodgett, his wife Ann and their two children are relocating to the area from Colorado Springs, where he recently retired from the military after 32 years. Blodgett had a broad career, he said, and was involved in infantry, served as a foreign military advisor, and most recently did disaster response work around the country, both on the immediate response side and pre-disaster mitigation, where he worked with the National Guard and FEMA to make sure local and state governments were as prepared as they could be for major disasters.
Blodgett’s job has taken him all over the world, but now that he has started a second career in public service, he said that he is looking forward to putting down roots in Castine.
“My wife and I were always intrigued by the idea of living in Maine,” said Blodgett. “We are incredibly excited to become integrated into a small and close knit community like this one. We could not be happier.”
Blodgett said his young children are also looking forward to living in Castine. When the family discussed where they would live next, the children had a couple of prerequisites.
“They wanted tide pools, a place to catch frogs, and a place to have a bonfire,” said Blogett. “When we told the kids they could have those things they were incredibly excited.”
Blodgett’s schedule has been jam packed since he moved to the coast of Maine, acclimating himself in his new town, familiarizing himself with daily town manager duties and traveling to Augusta for trainings. He has also been busy arranging to move the family’s belongings to Castine and planning for the entire family to join him.
“It’s been a bit of a whirlwind,” he said. “We’re looking forward to the stability for our family, and to call this place home.”
Blodgett’s first selectmen’s meeting as town manager is on July 1.