Mayor Kevin O’Connell
I have been a Brewer resident for over 50 years and have been involved in a number of boards and committees including the District Trustees for the Brewer Schools, School Board, Conservation Committee, Library Board and Chairman of the Parks and Rec Committee. I’ve been a youth coach for soccer, T-ball, softball and baseball, and play on the co-ed volleyball and softball teams. I’ve been employed by Bangor Hydro Electric Company for the last 25 years as a First Class Lineman. I am also retired from the Air National Guard having served as a First Sergeant and an Electrical Supervisor for 24 years.
I ran for City Council because I have a strong commitment to Brewer and its citizens, and I wanted to give back to the community where I’ve made my home. My beautiful wife, Gayle, and I have four children and two grandsons.
Deputy Mayor Jerry W. Goss
I retired in 2002 after spending 33 years in education as a teacher and assistant principal at Joseph A. Leonard Jr. High in Old Town for 18 years, and was principal of Brewer High School for 15 years. Following retirement, I served on the Brewer High School District Trustees, responsible for building and grounds for the school department, and chaired the group in getting the Brewer Community School built. This is my 4th year on the Brewer City Council, this year serving as Deputy Mayor. This past winter, I was the co-chair of the Eastern Maine BCD Basketball Tournament at the Bangor Auditorium. Currently, I am the president of Rocky Knoll Golf Country Club in Orrington. I have been married to my loving wife Jean for 44 years. We have two sons: Jeff, his wife Kelly and our grandson Andrew; Jon, his wife Brandy and our twin grandchildren, Addison and Trent.
Following retirement, I decided I wanted to give back to the City of Brewer to help guide its future. As a Councilor, I address each issue, listen to all sides and do what I think is in the best interest of the citizens. It is not about politics, but rather doing what is right. I enjoy serving you and look forward to helping guide Brewer into a prosperous future, as we look to attract businesses to Brewer. We were just selected as one of nine communities in Maine that are the most business friendly. If you are looking to do business, please contact us and we will put our full team at your disposal to get all of your questions answered at once. Go Brewer!
Councilor Joseph Ferris
I was born and raised in Brewer, and my parents ran a department store here for more than 40 years. I graduated from the University of Maine in 1966 with a Bachelors of Science degree. While there, I played baseball and was the recipient of the College World Series Most Outstanding Player Award in 1964. I graduated from the University of Maine School of Law in 1970, and have practiced law in Brewer for the last 42 years. I’ve been involved in many Brewer groups and organizations over the years, including the Brewer Economic Development Corporation and the Brewer School Board. I’ve had leadership roles in the Penobscot County Bar Association and the revitalization of Doyle Field in the late 80′s, and Coffin & Heddericg field enhancements in the mid-90′s. I’ve been a City Councilor for the last 10 years, having served as Mayor in 2005 and 2011. I live on Wintergreen Way with my beautiful life partner, Carol. I have one daughter, Jaime.
Councilor Matthew Vachon
I have been a resident of the City of Brewer for 31 years, and am a 1999 graduate of Brewer High School. I’ve been a member of three committees for the City of Brewer: Parks & Recreational advisory commission, the Board of Appeals, and the Brewer Historical Preservation Advisory Board. By occupation, I have been a letter carrier for the United States Postal Service, here in the great city of Brewer since 2007. I am also a member of Ralph J. Pollard Masonic Lodge #217 in Orrington, as well as an Anah Temple Shriner. I have an extreme love of music owning over 3,000 CDs, hundreds of records, and I have attended over 500 concerts. I’ve been fortunate enough to visit 43 states in my lifetime and enjoyed getting to see the majority of the country. I have a deep love and commitment for the city of Brewer and am honored and humbled to serve the city that has given me so much.