After graduating from Bucksport High School, where she played basketball and softball, Kathy Downes went into the banking industry, initially with Brewer Savings Bank in 1979 and then with Maine Savings Bank. She lived in Gardiner about four years; while working for MSB, she attended Thomas College.
Then Downes transferred to Bucksport after gaining management status with Maine Savings Bank.
She became the Bucksport town clerk in 1992 upon the retirement of former Town Clerk Joyce Johnson. Downes took courses over three years at the New England Municipal Clerks’ Institute & Academy in Newport, Rhode Island and became a certified clerk of Maine.
Governor Angus S. King appointed Downes as dedimus justice in November 2001. In this capacity she swears in public officials, such as notaries public. Downes has had other appointments to state boards; she served on the Maine Town and City Clerks’ Association Board of Directors and was the vice president of the Hancock County Clerks’ Association for many years.
Her passion is “work” is second to her family, Downes said. Often volunteering for various Bucksport activities, such as “decorating the town at Christmastime” and planting flowers in the spring, she loves her community and caring for its residents.
Downes loves working around her home, whether landscaping, snow-blowing, painting or repairing. She loves decorating her home, doing crafts and quilting. She also loves to exercise, whether at the gym or walking outdoors and skiing and snowshoeing in the winter.
Her favorite passion is attending all her grandchildren’s functions.
Downes has traveled several times, touring Florida from St. Augustine to Key West and making sure she stops to see a few Boston Red Sox games. She has traveled from Maine to Virginia, including many visits to spend time in North Conway, N.H. Downes has traveled to Canada and Cancun, Mexico; she plans to travel more after retiring in spring 2019.
Downes has two daughters, married with three granddaughters and a grandson.