A Franklin resident since the mid-1970s, Town Clerk Deborah Lurvey attended local schools and graduated from Sumner High School, where she played soccer during her freshman year. Her last three years at Sumner, “I was either managing boys’ baseball or boys’ basketball,” Lurvey said.
After graduation she worked at a local law office, at the Franklin Trading Post, and then on Mount Desert Island. “My dad and my mother were both very hard workers. That was instilled” in her and her brother, James, she said.
In 1993, Lurvey took a customer-service position with Coastal Med Tech in Ellsworth. Today she works in corporate billing for the company, acquired in September 2018 by Protech Home Medical.
“I’ve been here for 25 years,” she said. “I’ve enjoyed it.”
In 2008, Franklin officials asked Lurvey “to do the recording for the Planning Board [meetings], which I still do.” Appointed the registrar of voters a few years later, she was asked by Town Clerk Robert Fernald to become the deputy town clerk in July 2016.
Lurvey served in that position until March 2017, when Fernald (annually elected town clerk since 1993) resigned for health reasons. Voters had recently made the town clerk an appointed position, and Lurvey was named town clerk that April.
Fernald died in July 2018. “I loved working for him,” Lurvey said. “I miss him dearly. He always made sure if somebody was in need, they had what they needed even if it meant he would go without.”
Currently taking the requisite classes so she can become a certified clerk in Maine, Lurvey works “nights and weekends” as town clerk since her full-time job coincides with town office hours. “I make arrangements” with Franklin residents “to meet with them after hours,” she said.
Lurvey has three sons: Alex, Chauncey, and Eben. Alex and Chauncey are Sumner High grads.