Berwick clerk to retire in August after 24 years working for the town

Posted April 12, 2012, at 9:40 a.m.

BERWICK, Maine — Town Clerk Judith Buckman filed for her retirement this week after more than two decades of working for the town.

Buckman has worked for the town for 24 years, serving under six town managers, including current manager Keith Trefethen.

Buckman started out as a customer service representative before moving on to the position of deputy town clerk.

Buckman said the decision to retire came after much encouragement from her family and after contemplating the possibility for the last two years. She said she is “excited” and is looking forward to traveling and spending more time with her family.

“I decided it’s time to do the things that I want to do,” said Buckman, laughing.

In December 2011, Buckman surrendered her notary commission and seal for a six-month suspension after she notarized a document without having witnessed all of the signatures to be placed on it.

According to the quitclaim deed for 9 Rochester St., which was purchased by former Selectman Joe Chamber’s wife for $20,000, the document was notarized on June 7, with the first part of the statement of the acknowledgment reading: “Then personally appeared before me the above-named James G. Ramsey, Robert Crichton, and Marcia E. Elton, Municipal Officers of the Municipality of Berwick and acknowledged the foregoing to be their free act and deed in their said capacity and the free act and deed of the Inhabitants of said Municipality.”

However, in an email sent between Trefethen and former Selectmen Thomas Lavigne on June 28, Trefethen stated the deed did not have all of the signatures needed from the selectmen to make the deed complete.

According to the Secretary of State’s Communication Deputy Caitlin Chamberlain, Buckman’s notary commission suspension was the first of its kind to receive a formal complaint. Currently, there are 27,000 commissioned notaries in the state.

Buckman’s last day will be Aug. 14. Buckman said many of her coworkers had scheduled their vacations for the late spring and summer months, so she decided to retire after their time off so she didn’t disrupt their vacations.

© 2012 the Foster’s Daily Democrat

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