New SWH harbormaster has strong pedigree on Quietside

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SOUTHWEST HARBOR, Jan. 16, 2021 – There are Gilleys buried in virtually every cemetery on the Quietside, so the chances of one becoming the town’s newest harbormaster is better than, say, a Millstein becoming one.

Town Manager Justin VanDongen announced this week he has hired Jesse Gilley, a lifetime town resident, to replace Adam Thurston, who left after 10 years to become deputy harbormaster in Mount Desert.

The 29-year-old Gilley has a rich portfolio of abilities which seem perfect for a harbormaster, including work for the Charles Bradley Marine Construction Co. in Southwest Harbor. The harbormaster must have a strong background for maintenance of docks and floats owned by the town.

“I’ve spent my whole life working on the waters around here as a private boat captain to commercial fishing,” said Gilley. He did take three years off to work as a scallop fishermen off New Bedford. He is a young father of a son and is expecting a daughter soon.

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