ELLSWORTH – The Hancock County treasurer’s position will remain an elected post.
Voters on Tuesday rejected a referendum that would have given Hancock County commissioners the authority to appoint someone to the job.
The commissioners agreed last April to put the question on the ballot. Their concern was ensuring that the position would be filled by someone with the expertise to handle the increasingly complex financial issues of the county.
But voters saw things differently and opposed the referendum by a ratio of roughly 2-to-1.
The Maine County Treasurers Association also disapproved of the change. Members rejected the notion at their quarterly meeting, according to the group’s president, William Bell.
A similar initiative was successful last year in Knox County, where voters adopted a charter that made both the treasurer and registrar of deeds positions appointed rather than elected.