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Ellsworth Loses Valuable Council Member

Jul 12, 2016

A journey that began nine years ago will come full circle for Council member Pam Perkins at Monday night’s Ellsworth City Council Meeting. The Councilor and her husband leave the end of this month for a job transfer to Atlanta.

Perkins tells The Wave News she grew up in Ellsworth and has always loved her hometown. So when word of the Myrick Street development began circulating, she decided she wanted “a seat at the table” and a voice in the decision-making. At the young age of 24, Perkins ran for and was elected to Council; and she has been the only woman on that Council in the nine years she has served.

Perkins admits she had preconceived notions about having different opinions from her male counterparts. Instead, she tells us, that while there have been differences, she’s found many more similarities; and that ultimately their motivation has been the same – the members love their town and are there to serve and to keep the community of Ellsworth an attractive place to live.

Asked to point to the accomplishment about which she is most proud, Perkins is quick to cite the completion of Knowlton Park. She said the park is symbolic of the Council’s vision that goes beyond just business to quality of life in Ellsworth.

No doubt the move will be a tough one for Perkins, but she is looking forward to the next step in her life. She’s not sure in what way she will continue to be involved as she has been in Ellsworth; but Perkins does say if people are looking to have a voice, they should attend Council meetings, check out the agendas, and stay interested and educated about community issues.

Sonnie Shepherd

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