THOMASTON — Town Clerk Melissa Stevens was named 2021 Rookie of the Year by the Maine Town and City Clerks’ Association.

The award recognizes a town or city clerk who has been in the position for five years or fewer. The organization’s website says, “The clerk may have resolved a difficult problem, provided strong leadership during a crisis or brought new vitality and professionalism to a community.”

Town Manager Kara George presented Stevens with the award Sept. 14.

George said Stevens joined the town office staff with no prior municipal experience during a challenging time. The office just relocated to another building, the COVID-19 pandemic began and the town transitioned to new software and a new phone system.

“Missy is an avid learner who has truly embraced everything that a Town Clerk must do and be,” said George.

Within the first five months of starting the job, Stevens oversaw three elections, including the November 2020 presidential election.

Stevens also conducted the state’s first municipal referendum recount in September.

Stevens said the award was totally unexpected, and thanked George and her coworkers for their help and support.

Thomaston municipal employees and officers celebrated Stevens’ award with cake and flowers Sept. 14. Photo by Christine Simmonds