A Lincoln native, Denise McCormick moved to Islesford in 1999 with her husband, Mitchell, an island native. She became the town clerk in 2005; McCormick also serves as the tax collector, treasurer, general assistance administrator, and registrar of voters. PHOTO BY BRIAN SWARTZ

Meet Cranberry Isles Town Clerk Denise McCormick



Cranberry Isles Town Clerk Denise McCormick attended Husson College after graduating from Mattanawcook Academy in Lincoln. Her husband, Mitchell, grew up on Islesford; the McCormicks moved there in 1999 after living elsewhere for a while.

Appointed the deputy town clerk in 2004, McCormick became the town clerk in 2005. She is also the tax collector, treasurer, general assistance administrator, and registrar of voters.

Until August 2015, the town office was in a rented house next to the Islesford Market. Then the office staff relocated to a rented trailer set beside the fire station as planning proceeded for a permanent location.

When the Islesford Market went up for sale, the town purchased the building (which also houses the post office) in 2017 and “had a lot of work done over the winter,” McCormick said. She and administrative assistant James Fortune and deputy town clerk and treasurer Ben Sumner moved into the new town office in spring 2018.

People pass through the post office lobby before entering the town office, to which many visitors seeking information about Islesford find their way. “In the summer, we’re considered the Chamber of Commerce,” McCormick said with a smile.

With the town having year-round residents on both Islesford and Great Cranberry Island, “I’ll meet people to make it more convenient for them,” she said. “I meet the ferries a lot to get car registration forms (she collects only excise taxes). I’ve registered boats down at the dock.”

When not at the office, “I read a lot. We walk a lot,” McCormick said. “I like the peace and quiet. It’s a great place to have children, who ‘can have that Mayberry RFD type of upbringing.’”

The McCormicks have two daughters, Danielle and Melissa, and a son, Allan, who lives on Islesford.

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