ELLSWORTH – Governor Janet Mills has appointed Hancock County Finance Director Monica Cease to serve as interim Hancock County treasurer in the wake of former treasurer Michael Boucher’s resignation from the post in March.
Boucher cited health reasons in a March 27 resignation letter to county officials.
Cease, an Ellsworth resident, also is a candidate for treasurer, seeking the office as a Democrat. She is running uncontested on the June 14 primary ballot.
“I feel good about it,” said Cease of the interim appointment. “I feel honored to be able to take up the position since it’s been vacated by Michael Boucher. Now hopefully we can move forward and keep things going.”
Cease was hired to be finance director for the county in 2021.
“Because Michael’s term was up at the end of 2022, I decided to run to try to fill the bill for the next four years,” said Cease. “In my own personal life, I feel like I’m headed to where I want to be. I feel good about sticking with it and trying to pursue it.”
As county treasurer, Cease said she is responsible for “upholding the fiscal responsibility for the county.”
That includes “due diligence,” and “making sure the books are in order” and reporting to the Hancock County Commissioners, she said. “And keeping the accounting in good order.”
County Administrator Scott Adkins, who hired Cease last summer, said she’s been doing a great job.
Cease had been treasurer for the town of Swan’s Island for 20 years.
The Waterville native has a degree in microbiology. She started working as a bookkeeper after college.