The head of the Maine Municipal Association announced Monday that he is retiring in August.

Christopher Lockwood of Hallowell has led the group for 36 years, according to a press release from the association.

Of the state’s 492 municipalities, 487 are members of the group, which lobbies on behalf of local governments at the State House and provides members with legal services, labor negotiations and training.

During Lockwood’s tenure, the group also added risk management services and liability coverage.

“Much to his credit, Chris leaves the MMA in superb shape as an organization,” said Stephan Bunker, a Farmington selectman and current president of the association.

Bunker said the association’s executive committee discussed Lockwood’s retirement at its March meeting. The 12-person committee has begun the process of retaining an executive search firm to assist it in the process of recruiting Lockwood’s successor, according to the press release.

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