Maine Maritime Museum is pictured in a 2019 file photo. Credit: BDN file photo

BATH, Maine — The executive director of the Maine Maritime Museum has been terminated after serving in that role for 14 years, according to statements from the museum and the now-former executive director.

Amy Lent said in a statement Wednesday that she was notified via text message Sept. 10 that she was terminated effective immediately by Laura Burns, chair of the museum’s board of trustees.

Lent said that she had shared her plans to retire and drafted an 18-month plan to work through the pandemic, fill open board seats, and hire a new director.

“I asked for a contract during this period based on the three-year contract I had when I was first hired,” Lent said. “In response they fired me. They refused to discuss their reasons for the decision except that the board believed it was in the museum’s best interest.”

Museum officials responded in a statement Thursday that Lent requested “a lengthy and legally binding financial commitment” that was determined to not be in the museum’s best interests “either financially or organizationally.”

Lent said that the museum requested that she sign an agreement that would require her to say that she resigned and “demanded a full non-disparagement agreement on my part with no reciprocity on the part of the museum trustees.”

She said that she refused.