Portland city clerk to retire in July

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Portland has another City Hall job to fill following the announcement Thursday that longtime City Clerk Katherine Jones will retire next year.

Jones, who has been the clerk since 2011, will retire effective July 1, 2022. She informed the city of her plans on Dec. 6; the public announcement was delayed for 10 days.

Portland City Clerk Katherine Jones will retire next July.

She will be the latest of several department heads to leave their city jobs this year. They include former City Manager Jon Jennings and former Police Chief Frank Clark.

The city has six people who are temporarily filling administrative positions.

The city said Mayor Kate Snyder plans to expand the city manager search subcommittee to include searches for a new manager and a new clerk. Snyder chairs that subcommittee, which also includes Councilors Mark Dion, April Fournier, and Pious Ali.

Jones, who was recognized as Clerk of the Year by the Maine Town and City Clerks Association this year, previously was Portland’s elections administrator. According to the city’s announcement, Jones plans to spend more time with her family, especially her grandchildren.