Sebago Town Manager Robert Nicholson has resigned from his position, citing a desire to move to a more urban area.

Nicholson’s resignation will be effective Nov. 1, a little more than two years after he started in Sebago. Selectmen have not yet decided if they will hire an interim manager to get them through the budget season or search for a long-term manager right away.

Nicholson, 31, said he left to move to a more urban area with more opportunity and be closer to his girlfriend, who lives in Saco. For the past five years working as town manager in Monson and then Sebago, Nicholson said he has chosen where to live based on his job. He’s ready to live where he wants and find a job there.

Selectman Jeff Harriman said he thought Nicholson had done an outstanding job.

“He’s put a fresh face on the town manager’s position,” Harriman said. “He brought an awareness of community here.”

Harriman said he would look for some of the same traits he’s seen in Nicholson in their next town manager – someone who brings ideas to the table and displays energy and enthusiasm.

Sebago has only had a town manager for 10 years, and Nicholson attributed frustration arising from growing pains as one reason for leaving.

“That’s a challenge,” Nicholson said, adding that individuals need to figure out what their roles are.

“I can’t stress how lucky I’ve been to be here,” Nicholson said. “It’s a great place, not just to live and work but to learn.”

Citing a desire to , Sebago Town Manager Robert Nicholson will resign effective Nov. 1.

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