This is the full version of an article published in the Kennebec Journal on May 12, 2012.
By DIANE POLKY
A good many people have passed through the corridors of the beautiful old yellow building on the north east corner of Second Street and Winthrop Hill in Hallowell. Mayors, city councilors, managers, residents and theater-goers, but perhaps no one in the city’s history has been there longer or acquired more knowledge of the city’s business than the current City Clerk, Deanna Mosher Hallett; born and raised in Hallowell, where she lives just down the street from her office. As a child, Deanna would stop by city hall on her way home from school to visit her mom, Margaret Mosher. While still in high school she worked as an election clerk. With just a sparkle of pride, Deanna says she was in the first class that graduated from Hall-Dale High School in 1963.
Deanna comes from a long tradition of public service. Her father Floyd Mosher owned Mosher’s Machine Shop in Hallowell and repaired city equipment. Her mother worked at City Hall for 40 years. She worked along side her mother and aunt, eventually filling the same positions as her mother – city clerk, deputy tax collector, assessor’s clerk, general assistance director and registrar of voters. Deanna even brought her child to work with her. “She was small and the front desk had a drawer that she fit into perfectly! Hardly anyone knew a baby was in attendance so it worked out fine.” Deanna and her late husband “Bud” Hallett are the parents of three children; and grandparents of ten, soon to be a great-grandmother.
In addition to her city clerk duties, Deanna has organized two continuing pet projects over the years. In these efforts, she enhances the lives of some of the youngest and oldest citizens of Hallowell. The Children’s Christmas party at City Hall has become a much anticipated part of the City’s annual Christmas in Hallowell festivities. With the help from a host of elves, she coordinates the event from start to finish. At the other end of the spectrum, are the senior citizen dinners, held at the Sacred Heart Parish hall. About 75 seniors attend these gatherings, though it is not uncommon for more than 100 meals to be prepared since some are delivered to those who cannot be there. All senior Hallowell citizens are invited. Good food, good company and lots of memories are bantered about. Deanna received the honor of 2000 Hallowell Citizen of the Year.
Not only does she serve her community, but other clerk associations as well. Deanna Mosher Hallett is the 2012 President of the Maine Town and City Clerks Association. She was especially pleased to be named Clerk of the Year 2004 – a tribute she feels honored to have received because winners are selected by their peers, who are dedicated professionals. She is a former secretary treasurer of the Androscoggin and Kennebec Counties Municipal Clerks Association and a member of the New England Municipal Clerks Association.
As former Mayor Bustin says, “Deanna Moser Hallett is an important part of the fabric of Hallowell. What sets Deanna apart is her genuine friendly approach to people and her eagerness to provide the best service.” Under Deanna’s leadership at City Hall, no person is ever turned away; no question or problem is ever unanswered. Time and time again people have called, written or come to the front counter saying “because of your kindness to me the last time I called, wrote or came in, now I am back for more help.” Hallowell is known as a giving, friendly place to live and visit because of our having City Clerk Deanna Mosher Hallett and her staff representing us on the front line.