Bar Harbor Town Clerk Pat Gray after receiving the Clerk of the Year award. She is standing with Town Council Chair Paul Paradis on the left, her daughter Jennifer Driscoll and Town Manager Cornell Knight. Gray is set to retire in May. PHOTO COURTESY OF SHARON LINSCOTT

Gray to retire

BAR HARBOR — Pat Gray, who has served as town clerk here for 19 years, will retire next month, Town Manger Cornell Knight said Tuesday night.

Gray previously announced plans to leave the job four years ago, in April of 2014, but she rescinded her resignation one month later after then-Town Manager Dana Reed resigned with two days’ notice following negotiations over renewal of his contract.

Gray said at the time that the void that would be left in the manager’s office in the case of the departure of both herself and Reed would be unreasonable for the town.

In 2017, Gray was named Clerk of the Year by her colleagues in the Maine Town and City Clerks’ Association.

“Pat is an unsung hero here in Bar Harbor,” Town Council Chair Paul Paradis said of the award. “She has served as our town clerk for the past 19 years and has done so in her signature quiet, professional and capable manner. She is an integral part of municipal operations and does a superb job.”

After Knight made the announcement Tuesday, councilors all expressed gratitude to Gray for her service.

“You’ve made a huge difference here,” Paradis said, and you will surely be missed.”

Samuel Shepherd

Samuel Shepherd

Samuel Shepherd is a University of Maine graduate and a former Bar Harbor reporter for the Mount Desert Islander.
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