The Kennebunk Board of Selectmen has appointed Michael Pardue as the new town manager.

Pardue has been serving as interim town manager since Dec. 5, 2016, when longtime manager Barry Tibbetts announced he would not seek to renew his contract with the town.

The selectboard signed a three-year contract with Pardue that begins July 1. He will be paid $125,000 annually, plus cost-of-living increases equal to those of other nonunion town employees. Pardue will work under the provisions of his current employment agreement until July 1. Richard Morin, chairman of the board, said that as interim town manager Pardue has had to navigate a number of issues, including the town budget and emotional debates on dams, dogs and marijuana.

“These can be polarizing issues for a community, yet Mike has been able to professionally, and very adeptly, guide the town through these topics,” Morin said in a prepared statement.

Pardue, a longtime resident of Kennebunk, previously served in the municipal sector as a town manager, police and fire chief, director of public safety and director of public services.

Pardue said he looks forward to continuing his work with the strong municipal staff he manages.

“My colleagues are dedicated, highly motivated and always demonstrate an unwavering commitment to provide the highest quality service possible,” he said in a statement.