NEXT MONTH, Mary Howe will become the town clerk of Woolwich, following nine years as deputy town clerk in Freeport.

NEXT MONTH, Mary Howe will become the town clerk of Woolwich, following nine years as deputy town clerk in Freeport.

Beginning on Aug. 10, Mary Howe will be the new town clerk and deputy tax collector of Woolwich.

Howe currently serves as deputy town clerk in Freeport, a position she has been in for the past nine years. She also works part-time in the Sanford town office.

“After nine years, I thought it was time to step up as a town clerk,” said Howe.

Howe will be replacing outgoing Woolwich Town Clerk Janice Bradford, who is retiring next month.

Although she’s leaving, Howe had only positive thoughts about Freeport and the people who live there.

“I’ve met some wonderful and truly amazing people (in Freeport),” said Howe. “We rarely get a disgruntled customer. The people here make it very easy for the employees here.

“Like the landscape, the population is very diverse. You have doctors and lawyers and engineers, and then you have people that work in retail like L.L. Bean and all the stores. You have fishermen and commercial shellfish harvesters,” said Howe. “And they’re all dedicated to their work and also to the town.”

Howe said that she expects Woolwich to be a little quieter than Freeport — a prospect she finds appealing.

“It’s definitely going to be quieter, I think,” said Howe. “But as I age, that’s OK.”

Howe said that she’s excited to switch from a four-day workweek to a regular five-day workweek, which will allow her to get out earlier in the day. Another reason Howe is making the move to Woolwich is that it’s closer to her home in Brunswick near the West Bath line.

“It’s only a little over six miles, compared to about 17 miles here,” said Howe. “That’s a plus for me, especially in the winter time.”

But ultimately, Howe said that after nine years she feels it’s time to take on more responsibilities as a town clerk.

“This position is a great career move for me, and I’m looking forward to serving the town of Woolwich as their town clerk and deputy tax collector,” said Howe.

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