SULLIVAN — Since mid-July, Jessica Parker has been serving as the town clerk in Sullivan. Parker said she is eager to continue her municipal duties, from administering upcoming elections to maintaining motor vehicle registration and real estate records.
“I’ve been trying to dive right in,” Parker told The American. “It’s very exciting to learn.”
Preparing for upcoming elections is keeping Parker busy in ways she hadn’t previously thought about.
“We’re counting pens right now,” she noted of the election prep. She explained that since the COVID-19 pandemic, election officials have had to ensure there were sufficient clean pens available for voters.
Before stepping into the role that was most recently vacated by Deana Workman, Parker worked as an assistant manager for Dunkin’ Donuts for six years.
She was motivated to apply for the town clerk position to be more involved with the community, she said.
After working 10-hour days six days a week for the coffee and breakfast chain, Parker said, “I didn’t think I was getting to interact with the community as much, and that’s what I was looking for.”
So far, interactions have been positive, she said.
“Everyone that I’ve met in the town is amazing,” from residents to town officials.
“Everybody has been so nice and so welcoming,” the Ellsworth High School alum added. “That’s probably my favorite part.”