LINCOLN – Town Administrator Joseph Almond has accepted a position within Gov. Dan McKee's new administration as deputy chief of staff, The Valley Breeze confirmed Monday afternoon.
Gov. Dan McKee later announced the appointment of Almond, who will earn $154,198, as well as Elizabeth Winangun as deputy policy director, earning $123,982.
Almond confirmed the news during Monday evening's Town Council work session, saying it wasn't an easy decision to step down as administrator, but that he's looking forward to his new role.
He said he will offer his official resignation Tuesday.
Rumors that Almond was stepping down from his longtime elected position as town administrator began to swirl after he resigned as a member of the Lincoln Republican Town Committee over the weekend.
Committee Chairman Louis Paolino confirmed that Almond offered his resignation, but said it was given without explanation.
“We’re waiting on the reason, which he said would be offered by the end of the week,” Paolino said on Monday afternoon.
Before leaving Town Hall on Monday, Almond sat down with department heads to announce his planned departure, according to town sources.
During the council meeting later that evening, he said he had hoped to let the councilors know first, but news spread more quickly than anticipated.
His last day as town administrator is March 28.
The long-time town administrator has maintained for some time that this would be his last term in office.
McKee has appointed at least five Cumberland residents and natives to a group running interviews of applicants to be the next lieutenant governor.