FORT FAIRFIELD, Maine — Town Manager Michael Bosse has announced his resignation, effective in late May or early June.

“For me, my heart and interest has always been with working in the private sector and business, and it is my intent to return to my passion,” said Bosse. He did not specify what he would be doing next.

Bosse has been an employee of the community for five years, beginning when he was hired as the marketing director in 2010. He became town manager after Dan Foster retired in December 2013.

The Town Council has entered into an agreement with the Maine Municipal Association to search for and help hire a new town manager. Councilors hope a replacement can be hired before Bosse’s departure.

“Mike’s resignation was unexpected,” said Jason Barnes, chairman of the Town Council. “He has been an exemplary employee and has had an integral role in securing of funds for the Senior Housing Project, the Health Clinic, the development of the Quality of Place Council and implementation of Fort Fairfield’s Economic Development Investment Strategy, the HOMEBuyer Program, the Fort Kids First Program and Windmill Technical Review Committee.

“Mike’s work and keen sense to problem solve was instrumental in his day to day role, the success of the Agri-Business Trade Fair and continuation of the long running Maine Potato Blossom Festival. He will be missed, and the council certainly wishes him the best,” Barnes added.

The community of about 3,500 residents operates on an annual budget of about $4.7 million.