Julie Curtis, chairwoman of the Eastbrook Board of Selectmen PHOTO BY BRIAN SWARTZ

Selectmen Chairwoman Julie Curtis: “I like to know who my neighbors are”

The current chairwoman of the Eastbrook Board of Selectmen, Julie Curtis attended Cave Hill School and Ellsworth High School, where she belonged to the French Club and the Future Business Leaders of America and played JV basketball for one season. She studied business management at UMA-Ellsworth and took business and computer classes through Eastern Maine Community College.

After working three years as a deputy clerk, Curtis won the election as the Hancock County registrar of deeds 12 years ago and has won re-election every four years since then. First elected an Eastbrook selectman four years ago, she serves on the board with David DeWitt and Craig DuBois.

Curtis manages the Registry of Deeds and its staff and meets with people seeking the services available at the registry, located at 50 State St. in Ellsworth. She keeps abreast on polices and procedures, often changing as technology evolves. “E-notarizations and e-signatures, that’s the biggest thing that is before us right now,” she said.

Curtis and her husband, Christopher, a diesel mechanic, have two sons, Dillon and Chance; a daughter, Blake; and a nephew, Zach, whom they view as a son. Blake lives in Eastbrook; Dillon is building a house there, and Chance and Zach both own property in the town.

Christopher enjoys hunting, and he and Julie like to travel occasionally. She described Eastbrook as “really beautiful. It has four ponds. I like the small town” atmosphere with its inherent privacy and quiet lifestyle. “I like to know who my neighbors are,” Curtis said.

“I like that we have people who come every summer” to family camps often owned by the same families for many years, she said. “We’re finding a lot more of the camps; they’re remodeling or building them to live year-round.”

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