Claire Woolfolk, left, will succeed Joelle Nolan as Mount Desert’s town clerk in December.

Beloved town clerk will retire, successor is named



MOUNT DESERT — The gestation period for new town clerks is apparently the same as for everyone else.

Nine months from now, Mount Desert will have a new one.

The board of selectmen Monday night approved the appointment of Claire Woolfolk to succeed town clerk Joelle Nolan, who will retire Dec. 18.

Woolfolk has been a clerk in the town office and clerical assistant to the code enforcement officer for the past five years.

Nolan was deputy town clerk for 13 years before being named town clerk and registrar of voters eight years ago.

She had previously expressed her intention to leave the post by the end of the year, but she made it official in a March 6 letter to Town Manager Durlin Lunt.

“The last 21 years serving the town of Mount Desert have truly been the highlight of my working career,” she said in the letter. “Townspeople and coworkers alike have made the job enjoyable, challenging and always heartwarming.

“Although I look forward to retirement, I will miss, more than mere words can express, the gratification gained from administering to the public, the camaraderie with fellow employees and learning something new every day.”

The selectmen voted Monday night to accept her resignation “with great regret and thanks.”

Nolan said that after she retires, she wants to spend more time with her grandchildren and do more volunteer work. “And I’ll work part-time at something I consider fun,” she said.

Lunt, in a March 13 memo to members of the board of selectmen, referred to Nolan as “our beloved town clerk.”

In nominating Woolfolk for the job, he said, “I am confident that she will carry forth the exemplary standard set by her predecessor.”

Lunt said the nine months that Nolan will remain on the job is a relatively short time, given “the vast amount of knowledge that Joelle possesses and wishes to pass on” and the certifications that Woolfolk needs to obtain to do the job of town clerk and registrar of voters.

Dick Broom

Dick Broom

Reporter at Mount Desert Islander
Dick Broom covers the towns of Mount Desert and Southwest Harbor, Mount Desert Island High School and the school system board and superintendent's office. He enjoys hiking with his golden retriever and finding new places for her to swim. [email protected]

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