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Meet the City Councilors

Jerry Goss Mayor Jerry W. Goss
(Term 11/18 to 11/21)

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 5th year on the Brewer City Council. 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!

Joseph Ferris

Deputy Mayor Joseph Ferris
(Term 11/17 to 11/20)

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 Michele Daniels
(Term 11/19 to 11/22)

I grew up in Bradley and Bangor attending John Bapst Memorial High School. Later studying at Trinity College in Burlington, Vermont towards a degree in History. Residing in Brewer for a total of 27 years. I have been married for 31 years to my husband Tim, we share three grown children Ryan, Katelan, and Chase and have two wonderful granddaughters Ryleigh and Savanah.
From a young age I began working for my family’s security and investigation company. I went on to run several small businesses then progressed to a Hotel General Manager. In the 1990’s I began working for a large Telecommunication Company. Holding positions as a Service Rep., Supervisor in Customer Service and Union Steward for CWA local 1400. I believe in Volunteerism. I served on many boards and committees for the City of Brewer over the last 20 years. This year was my 19th year at the Maine Summer Special Olympics working with the Telephone Pioneers as a life member. I coached PAL Softball, Brewer Youth Wrestling and was the Brewer Little League Player Agent for many years.

I am excited to join this great team of councilors working towards a bright future for the City of Brewer.

Councilor Soubanh Phanthay
(Term 11/19 to 11/22)

I was born in a village in Laos, just outside the capital city of Vientiane. When I was four years old, the Laotian civil war broke out and my family was forced to flee our village. We escaped to a refugee camp in Thailand. We eventually immigrated to America, landing in Houlton, and then Bangor, where I grew up and graduated from Bangor High School.I coached springboard diving for over 15 years, working with people of all skill levels, from the beginner level at the Bangor YMCA to Division 1 at the University of Maine. I’ve been a photographer for nearly 20 years, starting my first business, a video production company, in 2001. I now own a commercial and event photography business, and travel throughout Eastern Maine photographing the happy moments in people’s lives.
I moved to Brewer six years ago with my wife and daughter and we love living here. I hope to bring some new, fresh ideas to the City Council and help Brewer prepare for the future.

Emails to will be distributed to all members of the City Council through the City Clerk.