Ellsworth City Clerk Heidi-Noel Grindle

Former GSA musician fashions noteworthy career as city clerk

Originally from California, Ellsworth City Clerk Heidi-Noel Grindle moved to Blue Hill with her family at age 5, played the clarinet and alto clarinet in the George Stevens Academy band and studied accounting for a year at Thomas College in Waterville.

Grindle graduated from Beal College in Bangor with an associate degree in travel and tourism. As part of her studies, she interned at Blue Hill-based Bluebird Travel, owned by Deborah King; her husband, Timothy King, was the Ellsworth city manager. “He was looking for a part-time secretary,” Grindle said; hired for that slot in September 1996, she went full time in February 1997. Grindle also did administrative work for the Ellsworth Fire Department and handled paperwork for the Ellsworth Planning Board.

Later named a tax clerk and then assistant deputy treasurer, Grindle became the city clerk in 2005.

Grindle lives in Surry with her husband, Stanley Grindle, and their son, Devin, “a talented student athlete” who will graduate from Ellsworth High School this year, Heidi-Noel said. “Baseball, that’s his passion.” Devin plays shortstop for the Eagles; he has also played varsity basketball.

Heidi-Noel belongs to the Parent-Teacher Community Organization, which supports EHS sports, and she was active in a similar group while Devin attended the Surry Elementary School. Grindle enjoys volunteering with the Ellsworth Noontime Rotary Club, which meets Thursdays at Ellsworth City Hall.

Stanley Grindle started a food cart business last year. He and Heidi-Noel “like to travel, somewhere warm,” and “we like to get out and visit places” in Maine, she said.

A certified municipal clerk of Maine, Grindle stepped down as a Maine Town and City Clerks’ Association director last year. Grindle was named Clerk of the Year at the association’s mid-September 2018 annual meeting. Ellsworth Deputy City Clerk Katina Howes nominated her for that honor.

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