ELLSWORTH — The finance coordinator for Hancock County’s finance office is throwing her calculator into the ring for the Nov. 6 election.
Pamela J. Linscott is running as a write-in candidate for the office of Hancock County treasurer.
Current Treasurer Janice Eldridge does not intend to seek re-election.
Linscott, 59 and a Gouldsboro resident, has worked as a bookkeeper and office manager for many years, including stints at KeyBank and Blue Hill Memorial Hospital. Linscott has been in the county’s finance office for three years. She was promoted to finance coordinator in December 2017.
“I’ve been told I do accurate work, excellent work,” Linscott said.
Linscott said County Administrator Scott Adkins asked her to consider running for the seat, which until now has had no contenders.
Linscott said she told Adkins that she wasn’t a politician. She said Adkins quipped, “As popular as this position is, you may be able to be a write-in candidate again in four years.”
Linscott said she was hired in the month of April three years ago.
The county’s former chief financial officer, Phil Roy, left in June of 2015.
“When Phil left, my responsibilities doubled,” she said. “Janice [Eldridge] came in full time in September.”
Before Treasurer Eldridge began working her elected position full time, the Hancock County Commissioners had been limiting Eldridge to five hours of work a week. Then CFO Roy was handling the county’s finances.
The commissioners had tried previously, in 2005, to get the position changed from elected to appointed. But, voters rejected the proposal.
Part of the issue is that anyone who meets the requirement of residing in Hancock County may run for the office of county treasurer. The treasurer is responsible for the intricacies of the county’s multimillion-dollar budget.
However, Eldridge began working in a full-time capacity as treasurer in 2015 after a state audit.
State Auditor Pola Buckley had conducted an investigation and reported the commissioners had “sidestepped” the will of the voters by installing a chief financial officer [Phil Roy] to handle county finances and by reducing the workload of the county treasurer to five hours a week.
Commissioner Bill Clark has championed changing the position of treasurer from elected to appointed.
Clark has said previously, “Finance today in county government is not something you can dilly dally in.”
“The days of just being able to accept revenues and pay bills is gone,” the former longtime sheriff said. “You’re talking millions and millions of dollars. You need someone making good strong financial decisions.”
There are no requirements other than residency to serve as a county treasurer in Maine. Having a county treasurer is mandated by state statute.
For Linscott, if elected, it will be business as usual in the finance office. Linscott manages county revenues and expenses and keeps track of the county’s two retirement programs as well as the health insurance program.
“I have no visions of doing anything differently than we do now,” Linscott said. “Keep the employees happy and the residents of Hancock County happy.”
The November ballot for Hancock County treasurer will include a blank space where one must write “Pamela J. Linscott” if you intend to vote for her.