Maine Town has Shut Down due to the Resigning of the only Town Clerk
Christen Bouchard was denied vacation... so she quit...
In Passadumkeag, Maine, one clerk worked in town - Christen Bouchard. She is the prime example of what happens when you mistreat or don’t allow flexibility with your most loyal employee as she has since quit her job because she was denied vacation.
Since 2020, Christen was the ONLY clerk in town and she requested a two-week vacation about a month and a half ago. She was denied by the board which claimed nobody was obviously available to step in for her. So, she made sure nobody was permanently available to step in at any time and quit.
Nobody in the small town had anyone to register vehicles, keep crucial records, or communicate with the state Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife.
This is now not the only important opening in Passadumkeag. The town of just 356 people also lacks a code enforcement officer, an animal control officer, school administration officials, an assessor, and more. The town office has shut down to in-person visitors due to Christen quitting and the lack of employees in other areas.
“The Treasurer will be in a couple of days a week to accept payments on things such as taxes. Please call the office before heading out to do any business here as there are no designated hours of operation now.”
A statement read.
Barbara Boyer, the treasurer, has been handling all the heavy lifting as she comes to the office to do tax work but she isn’t skilled in registering vehicles, performing building inspections, conducting animal welfare checks, or really anything Christen Bouchard was responsible for. Will the town ever be able to fill the vacant positions? Who knows, it is still unknown but in March, town residents denied a budget meant to fund the town’s officials.