With just four months under her belt as Stockton Springs' town manager, Courtney O'Donnell was heaped with praise June 22 during an evaluation of her performance.

Selectmen Lesley Cosmano and Peter Curley both gave O'Donnell high marks, particularly in the area of supporting the board's position, being informed regarding town business, developing the municipal budget, making recommendations to the board, and having high ethics and good communication skills. Selectman Sara Skofield was not present.

O'Donnell declined the option to have her review conducted in executive session and opted for it to be public.

Rating the town manager on a scale of 1 to 5, with 5 being the highest, Curley noted there were areas he could not rate because of the brief time O'Donnell has worked for the town. Her first day on the job was Feb. 15.

In other cases, Curley said, "If there was a 10, I'd give you a 10, but I give you a 5. … In your short time here, you've done a lot that needed to be done."

Cosmano noted the relationship between O'Donnell and the board is "still in the honeymoon phase," but said she agreed with Curley's assessments.

"You did a dynamite job with the budget," she said, adding O'Donnell handled herself at the recent annual town meeting as if she'd been managing the town for years.

On her way out of elected office after being defeated by Betsy Bradley, Cosmano also offered O'Donnell several pieces of advice, ranging from continuing to interact regularly with other town managers and Maine Municipal Association to remembering her official position, even in social situations.

"Always remember you're the town manager," Cosmano said. "Never take that hat off. … You've been sent to us as a special gift. Everything — you are achieving at a high level."

O'Donnell acknowledged selectmen took "a risk" in hiring her but thanked them for the opportunity. Prior to being hired in Stockton Springs, O'Donnell was the administrative assistant to the city manager and finance director in Bangor. She holds a degree in public management and said in February it always has been her goal to become a town manager.