Rockland mayoral couple make move to Hope

By Stephen Betts | Jun 19, 2019
Photo by: Stephen Betts Deborah and Michael McNeil following her election as Rockland mayor in November 2008.

Rockland — A husband and wife who served Rockland in numerous roles, including each holding the position of mayor, have moved to Hope.

Deborah and Michael McNeil announced the move in a resignation letter to the city. They both had been serving on Rockland's Coast Guard City Committee.

The couple sold their longtime home on Waldo Avenue June 14. They had owned that home since 1978.

Michael McNeil, retired from the former FMC plant, was elected to two three-year terms on the Rockland City Council -- in 1988 and 1992. He served one year as mayor, being elected by his council peers in November 1990.

He had earlier served on the Rockland Planning Commission.

Deborah McNeil, a Rockland native, served three two-year terms in the Maine House representing Rockland, being elected in 1998, 2000 and 2002. She did not seek reelection in 2004 and served as a field representative in Maine for U.S. Sen. Olympia Snowe, R-Maine.

She was elected in June 2008 to fill out an unexpired City Council term previously held by James Thompson. Councilors elected her mayor in two consecutive years -- November 2008 and November 2009.

She had also earlier served four years on the School Administrative District 5 Board, representing Rockland, first being elected in 1987.

The two have also been involved in numerous other civic projects in Rockland.

Comments (3)
Posted by: Mary A McKeever | Jun 19, 2019 15:26

Hope is so welcoming and I am sure you will love living in such a wonderful community. Having been Store owner and Postmaster at Hope corner for years, I know you will love the living experience.

Mary "Mickey" (Brown) McKeever

Posted by: Linda Falkenmeyer | Jun 19, 2019 14:54

Thank you both so much for helping to take care of Rockland and the State of Maine...Rockland will miss you...

Posted by: Ian Emmott | Jun 19, 2019 13:28

Two of the most welcoming and kind people I have ever known.

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