Damariscotta residents will soon see a familiar face in the town office, as Town Manager Matt Lutkus has announced that Becky Bartolotta will be appointed as the town’s new tax collector and deputy town clerk.
Of the 13 candidates for the position, Bartolotta was one of three interviewed by Lutkus, Treasurer Cheryl Pinkham, and Town Clerk Michelle Cameron, Lutkus said.
“Both (Bartolotta’s) technical skills and approach to customer service were significant factors in our decision,” Lutkus said. “We are thrilled to be welcoming her back.”
Bartolotta previously joined the staff of the Damariscotta town office as a temporary part-time bookkeeper in 1994 before becoming the town tax collector and treasurer.
“There are still people in town who remember me from when I used to work at the town office,” Bartolotta said. “Even today, I’ll be in the grocery store with my husband and run into someone I used to help at the desk.”
Bartolotta left the town office in 1998 and became the administrative assistant for the Damariscotta Police Department. At the time, Todd Brackett was the police chief.
Brackett was elected county sheriff in 2002. When one of his administrative assistants retired in 2008, Brackett asked Bartolotta if she would join the team at the sheriff’s office. Bartolotta worked at the sheriff’s office until 2011.
Since 2011, Bartolotta has worked at Hagar Enterprises Inc. in Damariscotta as the assistant to the financial controller. The job was a little bit closer to the family’s home in Bremen and was right down the road from the school her daughters were attending, Bartolotta said.
Bartolotta will start at the town office Monday, Feb. 29, and said she looks forward to serving the residents of Damariscotta again.
“I really enjoy the interaction with people who come into the office; it’s one of my favorite parts of the job,” Bartolotta said.
Bartolotta grew up in Edgecomb and graduated from Wiscasset High School in 1986. She lives in Bremen with her husband, Sal Bartolotta, who works at the Great Salt Bay Sanitary District. The couple has three adult daughters, two dogs, and a cat.