County treasurer, commissioners negotiate pay package of $34,723



Michael Boucher
FILE PHOTO

ELLSWORTH — The Hancock County treasurer-elect negotiated a total compensation package of $34,723 with the Hancock County Commissioners at the board’s regular monthly meeting Tuesday.

Michael Boucher of Sorrento will replace Treasurer Janice Eldridge of Ellsworth, who chose not to see re-election. Boucher, a write-in candidate for the office, starts work Jan. 1.

Both the county and the treasurer-elect were pleased with Tuesday’s discussion.

“After a very short but productive conversation, all parties are on board with moving forward cooperatively and productively,” County Administrator Scott Adkins said. “I really feel that Michael is going to give his best effort and I certainly feel confident in my abilities to train him successfully under that scenario.”

When reached by phone Wednesday morning, Boucher said, “I think it went incredibly well and that a very good compromise was reached.

“They want to ensure whoever is treasurer to do the duties they want and do them effectively and well.”

Boucher said he is “more than willing” to do the work.

Adkins said both Boucher and the commissioners agreed to review the arrangement in 30 days and again in 60 days.

Adkins is charged with reporting the treasurer’s progress to the board.

Boucher does not have any formal financial or accounting experience. He does work with budgets as part-time police chief in the Waldo County town of Northport Village.

The Ellsworth native intends to keep the police chief job for now as well as a part-time job working as a corrections officer at the Hancock County Jail.

That arrangement was also discussed Tuesday. There is no conflict with Boucher holding both positions, according to Adkins.

“It was agreed upon by the commission that there is no basis for declaring any type of conflict,” said Adkins.

The treasurer does not play a role in deciding compensation for corrections employees. That is negotiated between the union and administrator Adkins, Boucher said.

The compensation package for treasurer is this:

  • The parties agreed on a salary of $29,523 a year for a 32-hour work week, according to Adkins. That’s $17.74 an hour.
  • In addition, the county will pay Boucher an additional $5,200 “in recognition of the office,” Adkins said, for a total compensation package of $34,723. That figure doesn’t include health insurance benefits, which are also provided by the county.
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