LINCOLN, Maine — Town leaders will seek help from an outside agency in their search for a replacement for departing Town Manager Lisa Goodwin, they said Monday.

The Town Council voted 7-0 during a special meeting Monday to authorize Goodwin to sign a contract to hire the Maine Municipal Association. Councilors also set aside $4,900 for that purpose.

The association is expected to help find candidates for the council’s review to replace Goodwin. The vote followed about 50 minutes of executive session.

Afterwards, council Chairman Steve Clay said that town leaders will not hire an interim town manager to replace Goodwin during the candidate search, which is expected to take several weeks to a few months.

“Her duties will be handled internally,” Clay said.

A Lincoln native, Goodwin announced on Feb. 28 her resignation as Lincoln’s top local government official, a position she has held since May 2008. She previously was Lincoln’s town clerk for 17 years and as town manager is paid $73,177 a year.

The Bangor City Council appointed Goodwin with a 9-0 vote during its meeting on Feb. 27. Goodwin is due to start her new job April 2. She will replace City Clerk Patti Dubois, who left for another job in late December, and interim Clerk Dianne Lovejoy. Lovejoy will resume her position as deputy city clerk when Goodwin starts her new job, Goodwin has said.

Goodwin will have a starting salary of $69,321 in Bangor, city officials have said.

The Maine Municipal Association describes itself as a voluntary membership organization offering professional services to municipalities and other local governmental entities in Maine. It is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization governed by an executive committee elected from its member municipalities, according to its website,