City Council approved Bernard “Bub” Fournier to be the new codes and planning director at its Sept. 15 meeting. He has been the city’s code enforcement officer for the last two years.

Councilor Mary Mortier said the city interviewed several applicants for the position and even though Fournier was not the most “well learned” applicant, the hiring committee established for the process thought he showed the most character and vision.

“Bub has a fire in the belly no matter what position he’s in and he has conducted himself with character and honor,” she said.

She said he will rise to challenges he faces, despite not having as much experience as some of the other applicants. Previous Director Wayne Marshall has agreed to stay on with the city and mentor Fournier for a while to help ease the transition.

The hiring committee was also looking for an applicant who could write reports that could be easily understood by councilors and the public and a person who would adhere to strict confidentiality standards, which are capabilities it found in Fournier, Mortier said.

Fournier spoke at the meeting about his appreciation for being chosen for the position and how much he has learned while serving and living in the community.

“I live here. This is my community and I'm looking forward to growing with the community and seeing it grow,” he said.

The new appointment comes when the Planning Board is still considering Nordic Aquafarms' land-based fish farm applications that have been a point of contention between the city and members of the public. Marshall will continue to work on and consult to the city on Nordic’s application.

The city is currently accepting new code enforcement officer applications. Mortier said Fournier will make a good mentor for the person hired to that position.