Raised in Hancock, Town Clerk Toni Dyer attended kindergarten through 12th grade at Life Christian Academy in Trenton. She served in the Army for 10 years as a human resources specialist. Stationed “around the Baghdad area” in Iraq for 16 months in 2009-2010, she moved to Hancock in 2010 and completed her service with the Bangor-based 286th Combat Support Battalion, Maine Army National Guard.
After working for various Ellsworth businesses, Dyer became the Hancock town clerk in November 2014 and took on the administrative assistant’s duties in April 2016. “I have spent a couple of hundred hours at training offered by the state,” said Dyer, a certified clerk of Maine since 2017.
The Maine Town and City Clerks’ Association named her the Rookie Clerk of the Year in September 2017. “I was surprised” to receive the honor, Dyer said. “It was a good surprise” initiated by letters of recommendation from the Hancock Select Board, State Representative Richard Malaby, and Yvonne Wilkinson, a former Gouldsboro town clerk who had assisted Dyer for a while in 2017.
Dyer was attending a training session in Waterville when her family, including her son Jason, arrived en masse and pleasantly surprised her at the recognition ceremony. Aware of her impending honor, family members kept it a secret from Dyer.
Family is important to Dyer, who recently purchased her first home, a Hancock house built by her great-great grandfather and lived in by her great-grandmother. “We — generations of my family — have a history in Hancock,” Dyer said. “I’m just where I want to be.”
Jason attends Mirus Academy in Ellsworth. “I enjoy going out to eat with him” every few weeks, Dyer said, and “we like to camp. We enjoy going to church” and participating in activities there. She and Jason like “spending time with family.”