The Biddeford City Council will vote Tuesday on the appointment of a new economic development director with more than 30 years of experience in similar positions.

City Manager James Bennett nominated Mathew Eddy for the job, which was left vacant when Daniel Stevenson left Biddeford last month to work for the city of Westbrook. Eddy previously served as economic development director in Kennebunk, Brunswick and Westbrook.

Eddy was selected from a candidate pool of 20 applicants and was one of four people interviewed for the position. A committee comprised of elected and appointed officials and city employees unanimously recommended him for the job.

“I am confident that his leadership, abilities and passion will be an outstanding addition to the talented Biddeford team,” Bennett said in a prepared statement.

Eddy has more than 30 years of experience in planning and economic development, including as a consultant for a national firm and with the Maine State Housing Authority.

“Matt has a wealth of experience in planning and economic development, and his experience and savvy meshes perfectly with the new Biddeford of entrepreneurs, development and optimism,” Bennett said.

If his appointment is confirmed by the city council, Eddy will start working in Biddeford the week of Nov. 27.

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