2018-02-08 / Community News

Council to vote on director

The Biddeford City Council will be asked to support City Manager James A. Bennett’s nomination of Jeffrey Demers to become Biddeford’s next public works director. The city council was scheduled to consider his nomination as part of its regular meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 6, after the Courier deadline.

“I am pleased to nominate Mr. Demers to this position,” said Bennett, in a press release. “As a current member of the public works management team and serving as the interim director for the last couple of months, I am confident in his abilities and leadership. Mr. Demers truly understands and appreciates how each department within the city contributes to the overall success of the city. It is always great to be able to promote an employee from within when they are the best qualified candidate for the position.”

Demers has been employed by the city of Biddeford for the past 22 years and is the acting director of public works and assistant director of public works and wastewater division. Under his leadership, the wastewater division has saved the city hundreds of thousands of dollars through the years. He is also a member of the Lyman Board of Selectmen where he is chairman.

Demers was selected from a candidate pool of 13 applicants and was one of three interviewed for the position. The recommendation for his nomination was made by a committee that included members of elected and appointed officials along with city employees. Once approved by the council, Demers would begin the duties as full time public works director immediately.

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