Rockland City Council has offered the job of City Manager to James Smith of Greenbush, Maine, and Smith has accepted the position. Mayor Brian Harden made the announcement on Monday afternoon.

A formal vote on a resolve to hire Smith, along with the signing of an employment agreement, has been scheduled for a special City Council meeting next Monday, March 5.

Smith is a Maine native who has been serving as Assistant City Manager in Brewer since 2007. He is a graduate of the University of Maine Orono with a BA in public administration. Prior to attending college, Smith served 10 years in the U.S. Marine Corps. While working in Brewer, Smith was active on committees of the Maine Municipal Association and as a local community volunteer. He is married with four children and will move with his family to Rockland after the end of the current school year.

Harden said that Smith is very enthusiastic about coming to Rockland and is planning to begin the new job on Monday, April 2. "James has a skill set that is well suited to Rockland's position as a changing community in a challenging economic climate," Harden said. "He is experienced at monitoring budgets and managing personnel. He has worked with capital projects and infrastructure. The Rockland City Council is looking forward to working with him for many years to come."

Harden praised Rockland Finance Director Tom Luttrell, who has been serving as acting city manager since Rosemary Kulow left the job last fall, saying, "Tom has worked diligently for five months to keep local government running smoothly while still overseeing our Finance Department. Rockland citizens can be proud of Tom and of all our department heads and employees who worked hard to help him."