Health issues prompt Penobscot clerk to step down



Mary Ellen Gross has stepped down from the role of Penobscot Town Clerk.  PHOTO COURTESY OF TOWN OF PENOBSCOT
Mary Ellen Gross has stepped down from the role of Penobscot Town Clerk.
PHOTO COURTESY OF TOWN OF PENOBSCOT

PENOBSCOT — Mary Ellen Gross, the longtime town clerk here, stepped down this past summer due to health reasons.

“We accepted her resignation with regret,” said Selectman Paul Bowen. “It doesn’t appear that she’s going to be returning anytime soon.”

Gross left her position at the end of July because of “serious health issues,” Bowen added.

The selectmen have appointed Sally Bridges as an interim town clerk. Local voters will hopefully elect someone to permanently fill the position at next year’s Town Meeting, Bowen said.

Gross was also the town’s treasurer and tax collector, roles now filled by Elizabeth Hutchins.

Hutchins and Bridges are being compensated for their work, Bowen said.

Charles Eichacker

Charles Eichacker

Reporter at The Ellsworth American
Charles Eichacker covers the towns of Bucksport, Orland, Castine, Verona Island, Penobscot, Brooksville and Dedham. When not working on stories, he likes books, beer and the outdoors. [email protected]

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