Augusta City Manager William Bridgeo was named recently to the Maine Municipal Association Executive Committee, the group’s governing body.

The committee’s most pressing task is to replace Executive Director Christopher Lockwood, who recently retired after 36 years leading the organization, according to a news release from spokesman Eric Conrad.

In addition to Bridgeo, Ellsworth City Councilor Gary Fortier also recently joined the 12-member committee. Bridgeo, who has been Augusta’s city manager since 1998, said he hopes to help the association with the transition to a new executive director.

“My career in city government has given me a strong appreciation of the high level of professionalism and dedication to good local government that MMA epitomizes,” Bridgeo said in the release. “MMA is at an important juncture right now with new leadership coming aboard, and I hope I can assist in that transformation.”

Bridgeo was elected to fill a term that expires in 2018. Fortier’s term will run through 2017.

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