LINCOLN, Maine (NEWS CENTER)--With a vote held Monday night, Lincoln's town council approved a new town manager, Bill Lawrence.

Lawrence is a thirty year veteran police officer who served with the Bangor police and the Penobscot County Sheriff's office. He spent the last two years of his career as Lincoln's Chief of Police and as the interim town manager.

Now that his position is permanent, Lawrence is eager to use his expertise to help his home town thrive.

"The town is facing some tough challenges, and I feel I am in the best position, where I've been working, to make those changes," Lawrence said. "I don't want to leave a job unfinished, so I feel a need to come to fruition and complete the projects I've started."

Lawrence said he will set to work filling vacant positions in Lincoln, including his former position as police chief. He said he hopes to name an interim Chief in the next week or two.

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