June 22, 2018
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Brewer council picks longtime ex-clerk as mayor

By Nok-Noi Ricker, BDN Staff

BREWER, Maine — Arthur “Archie” Verow, who served as City Clerk for 40 years before retiring last year, was named mayor on Tuesday at the City Council’s annual organizational meeting.

Joseph Ferris was appointed deputy mayor, the post Verow held for the last year.

“I felt honored that the council would have faith in me to conduct the meetings in an orderly manner and able to attend ceremonial duties that the mayor is expected to attend,” he said on Wednesday.

Verow was elected to the council in November 2007, after retiring from serving as City Clerk in April of that year.

Verow was only the city’s third city clerk. He was hired in 1967 at age 24 and succeeded Paul Clish, who served from 1938 to 1967. Before that, Mary Burr was clerk from 1910 to 1937.

During his tenure, Verow has presided over 102 elections and countless City Council meetings, and he was instrumental in making the Brewer Auditorium the sole polling place for the city.

“I’m looking forward to, with the council, working together and on the issues” city residents face, Verow said. “I think we have a good group that can work together, with the help of the staff, and come to good conclusions.”

City leaders plan to continue working on the mandated sanitary and storm water separation project, the riverfront trail, changes to the downtown traffic flow and parking, and plans to renovate the former library into City Council chambers.

Another issue that needs addressing is what to do with the school buildings that will be vacated once the new pre-kindergarten-through-eighth-grade school is open in 2011.

“We’re going to have four empty school buildings,” Verow said, and have to figure out “what to do with them. That’s going to be interesting.”

He said he wants the public to have a hand in deciding what to do with the buildings once they’re empty.

Verow’s wife and best friend, Fran, and his mother Erma Landry, were at the gathering, along with his daughter, Suzette Furrow and two granddaughters, Trudy and Lilly Furrow. Two of his four sisters, Katherine Dowling and Cynthia Moran, and her husband George, also attended.

“It was fun,” he said. “There was a good crowd there.”

During a special school committee meeting held earlier in the evening, chairman Mark Farley was reappointed, for the fourth year in a row, to lead the board, and Amanda Bost was selected as vice chairman.

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