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Piscataquis County clerk to retire soon

Article from Bangor Daily News, Friday, September 10, 2004

By Diana Bowley
of the NEWS Staff

DOVER-FOXCROFT - She long has been considered the navigator of the ship, a woman whose patient teachings have helped provide a stronger leadership in Piscataquis County government.

But after more than three decades of serving the county's interests, the latter 28 years as county clerk, Carolyn Doore has decided to take a different course. She plans to retire on Sept. 30 to devote time to her family and her crafts.

"I have enjoyed it a lot," Doore said this week of her job. "I've often been told that you will know when it's time to retire, and I know it's my time."

Doore said she has enjoyed working with the public, county officials and employees. "The public has been very gracious to me as clerk," she said. She also has been fortunate to have worked with good commissioners, beginning with Phil Annis, Franklin Titcomb and Rodney Ross, all of whom are now deceased, she added.

"She's been a real asset to the county," Eben DeWitt, a member of the present board of commissioners, said this week. "She's been a big help to me in my 20 years as commissioner."

Others, too, praised the hardworking woman, who would do chores on her family's farm in the early morning hours, go to work for the county, then return home to resume the barn chores. Doore also was noted for taking county paperwork home to complete when other county projects demanded her time during the day.

"I perceive her as the one who steered the ship of government through rough as well as calm waters throughout many years of service to the taxpayers, and she's done that job admirably," Piscataquis County Sheriff John Goggin said Thursday.

When Doore was named county clerk in 1976, after having served five years as a Piscataquis County Superior Court clerk, the county had a budget of $450,000 and about 30 employees.

Today she administers a county budget of more than $3.5 million, serves as liaison between the county commissioners and the more than 70 county employees and is deputy treasurer. As she did when she began, she also administers the budget for the unorganized territories.

"County government has grown a lot over the years; there's much more paperwork," Doore said. She said Piscataquis County was the last county in the state to become computerized, about 10 years ago.

"She's been kind of the thread that's held everything together for the county," Goggin said, adding that throughout the years, she has remained friends with all of the employees.

One such employee who came on board county government the same year as Doore was Elaine Roberts, administrative assistant to the district attorney. "She's just been a hard worker, dedicated and always willing to do more," Roberts said of Doore.

The public is invited to thank Doore for her service at a retirement party from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 11, at the Piscataquis County Courthouse.

NOTE - This article reflects the views of the author and not necessarily those of the TRC Alliance Team.