Chelsea Summers' first day on the job as Town Clerk and Tax Collector for the town of Hope was Wednesday, Nov. 15, having been appointed to the position the previous night by members of the Hope Select Board.

Summers' duties at the Hope Town Office will include collecting property taxes, issuing licenses for hunting and fishing, and acting as an agent for the Maine Bureau of Motor Vehicles, registering automobiles and trailers.

"I'm very excited to serve the people of Hope, and everyone has been so welcoming and very pleasant," Summers said Nov. 17. A resident of Owls Head, Summers had previously worked as a supervisor at Coastal Opportunities. "This [Town Office] is all about teamwork, and I have nothing but good things to say about all of the residents I have met, my coworkers, and how positive all of the selectmen are."

Summers' predecessor, Bobbi Oxton, resigned from the position as town clerk and tax collector after holding the post for nearly two years. The same day she received Oxton's resignation, Town Administrator Samantha Mank informed the Select Board of the vacancy and placed ads to fill the position.

"We can't have a town without a town clerk," said Mank Nov. 17. In the weeks that followed, Mank and town of Hope bookkeeper Mary Tolles personally interviewed seven well qualified applicants for the position.

"I'm unbelievably excited to have Chelsea, and it was a hands-down decision," said Mank of Summers, who was in turn unanimously accepted for the job by the Select Board. "[Summers] is a people person, and I think she will treat our townspeople excellently; this is their Town Office, and they deserve to be treated that way."

One of the upcoming municipal deadlines for Hope residents, which Summers will be facilitating, is the renewal and issuing of dog licenses. The deadline for licensing dogs in Hope is Dec. 31. Dog owners who have not licensed their dogs by Jan. 31 will be fined $25 per dog. The Hope Town Office is located at 441 Camden Road.