Hancock’s former town clerk running again

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Published: 3/2/2020 10:46:18 PM

Former Hancock Town Clerk Joan Joseph is running against incumbent clerk Carolyn Boland for the position.

Joseph resigned from office and pleaded guilty to violating the Driver Privacy Act in late 2016 after serving for seven years. At the time, she admitted to disclosing protected driver-record information to a longtime friend and co-worker at ConVal High School, Richard Ellingwood, who was not authorized to receive the information.

“I made a mistake, and I learned from that mistake, and I hope to continue forward,” Joseph said on Monday. “I really enjoyed the job, and a lot of people have asked ‘when are you going to come back?’”

In an arrest affidavit from 2016, Ellingwood said he asked Joseph for information regarding a certain license plate because the number had been in his family for a long time. He said he thought if he could contact the owner, the person would hand over the plate.

Joseph was sentenced to pay a $1,000 fine and a penalty assessment, according to a press release from the state’s attorney general and the state police.

Carolyn Boland is running for reelection. She has been the town clerk for three years .


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