Longtime Bucksport town clerk retires

BUCKSPORT — Bucksport’s town clerk of 26-plus years, Kathy Downes, has announced she’ll retire April 4.

“I’m going to be 67 this year and I said, ‘You know what, it’s time for me to do some things I want to do,’” Downes said.

“It was a hard decision,” the Bucksport native said. “It’s been the last year I’ve been contemplating on doing this. I kept putting it off and putting it off.

“It’s time somebody else stepped up.”

Downes became clerk in September 1992.

Downes, who is a certified town clerk, has been active in her field and in the town of Bucksport.

She completed a three-year program for municipal clerk certification in 2003 from the New England Municipal Clerks Institute in Newport, R.I.

Downes has served as co-president of the Hancock County Clerks Association and is a dedimus justice, which means she can swear in public officials.

Volunteering has been a big part of the job for Downes.

She has helped decorate downtown for Christmas and helped with the Bucksport Bay Festival and the Chamber of Commerce.

She said the town will advertise for her replacement.

To that end, Downes will write a job description because her duties extend beyond the regular tasks of a town clerk.

“Over the years I’ve taken on more and more and more,” she said.

The grandmother of four said her children were shocked that she’s retiring.

“They didn’t think I’d ever retire,” she said. “But I’m still going to be involved with the town.”

Jennifer Osborn

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