ELLSWORTH — The woman who has been at the helm of the city’s Finance Department for the past decade will be leaving City Hall in the new year to take a job in the private sector.
Tammy Mote, Ellsworth’s finance director and deputy city manager, said last week she has accepted a job with First National Bank. She will work there as municipal business development officer. Her last day working for the city will be Friday, Feb. 2.
Mote said the job at the bank was an “exciting opportunity” and that she will miss working with the staff at City Hall. She said she considers her colleagues there family, and noted she is one of several City Hall employees who happened to all start around the same time almost 18 years ago and still work there today.
While Mote said she will miss her colleagues, they in turn will miss her.
“I don’t think you’ll find a more dedicated public servant than Tammy,” said City Manager David Cole. “She surely will be missed, but it’s a great opportunity for her. I’m happy for her personally, but I’m going to miss her personally and professionally here.”
Mote started working for the city in 2000 as deputy treasurer and tax collector. In 2007, she was named finance director (the city’s charter notes whoever holds that title is also the city’s treasurer), and in 2014 added deputy city manager to her job title.
In that latter capacity, Mote works closely with the city manager and fills in when the manager is away from the office for any extended period of time.
“She’s done a great job,” Cole said. “She leaves a great legacy for whoever succeeds her.”
Cole said Mote “cares about the community and cares about the people.” She is an Ellsworth native and a 1988 graduate of Ellsworth High School. Mote earned a degree in business administration (with a concentration in accounting) from the University of Maine.
The city is now advertising for the position of finance director and treasurer. The job posting said the person who fills this role “is responsible for the planning, organization and direction of all functions performed by the Finance Department.”
A full description of the job and its requirements is available on the city’s website, ellsworthmaine.gov. Applications “will be accepted until the position is filled,” the job posting states, and a review of those applications “will begin in late December.”