Meet the Town Manager

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About the Town Manager

On August 2, 2022, the Board of Selectmen unanimously appointed Michael W. Pardue as Town Manager, with his first day in office being November 14, 2022. Mr. Pardue has a wide-ranging management and operations background that spans nearly 40 years. His public-sector management experience includes serving as a Municipal Manager, Municipal Administrator, Director of Public Safety, Chief of Police, Fire Chief, Director of Public Services and Director of Human Resources in a variety of New England communities. Mr. Pardue is recognized in both public and corporate environments across the country for his innovative and contemporary approach to leadership, organizational management and strategic planning.

Education and Experience

In addition to his wide-ranging experience in the public sector, Mr. Pardue offers an extensive private sector management and operations background as well. He has served as Vice President of Operations for the Atlas Group, a worldwide telecommunications corporation where he was directly responsible for managing project performance on a global platform, ensuring adherence to quality standards, while meeting contractual obligations. Further, he managed Atlas Group’s Global-consulting staff, responsible for the recruitment, staffing and development of personnel on a worldwide basis.

In addition to his affiliation with numerous professional organizations, Mr. Pardue has served as Chair of the Board of Directors for Northeast Delta Dental (NEDD) of Maine. While a member of the NEDD Board, he held office on the Executive Board and served on the corporation’s Finance, Corporate Governance and Long-Range Planning Committees. Mr. Pardue served three terms on the NEDD Board; the maximum allowed by corporation by-laws.   

Mr. Pardue holds a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice Administration, numerous management and leadership certifications and is a graduate of the Babson College Command Institute. His continuing education includes studies at Harvard University’s School of Business.

Mr. Pardue consults and presents nationally on the topics of Organizational Leadership, Accountability and Workforce Culture, Transforming Workplace Cultures, Preventing Workplace Harassment, Strategic Cutback Management and Public Safety Directorship.

Family and Personal Life

Mike enjoys a variety of outdoor sports and greatly values time with family. Mike and his wife Karen reside in Kennebunk, Maine. They have three grown children and five grandchildren.

Contact Us

  1. Michael W. Pardue

    Town Manager

    Email Michael Pardue

    208 Sanford Road

    Wells, ME 04090

    Phone: 207-646-5113 ext. 355

    Fax: 207-646-2935


    Monday - Friday

    8 a.m. - 4 p.m.

    1st and 3rd Tuesday of each Month

    8 a.m. - 6 p.m.

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