Profile: Bill Clark


Republican Bill Clark of Ellsworth is running for the Hancock County Commission, representing District 1 (Amherst, Aurora, Blue Hill, Eastbrook, Ellsworth, Fletcher’s Landing, Gouldsboro, Great Pond, Mariaville, Osborn, Otis, Sorrento, Sullivan, Surry, Waltham, Winter Harbor and multiple unorganized townships).

Name: William Clark
Age: 71
Residence: Ellsworth
Party: Republican
Present Employment: Retired
Highest Level of Education Completed: University of Maine-Orono classes
Previous Elected Public Office(s) Held: Sheriff (34 years), Commissioner (4 years)

Candidate Statement

I am William F. Clark, a lifelong resident of Hancock County having been born here 71 years ago. I graduated from Sumner High School and took classes at the University of Maine in Orono. I am married to the former Christy Brown of Ellsworth and we have a son and two grandchildren living in Franklin.

In 1972, I began a career in police work with the Ellsworth Police Department. After a short stint as a detective with the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office, I returned to Ellsworth until winning the position of sheriff in 1981. I served Hancock County for 34 years in that capacity until retiring in December of 2014.

In retirement, I am the president/sexton for the Woodbine Cemetery in Ellsworth and president for the Ellsworth Snowmobile Club.

In January of 2017, I began a 4-year term as Hancock County commissioner.

As a candidate for county commissioner, I bring a total of nearly 40 years of Hancock County government experience and when one considers that next year the other two commissioners on Jan. 1 will have only two years of experience between the two of them, I believe it is imperative that this depth of knowledge be taken advantage of.