The replacements for two veteran employees have been hired by the city manager.

City Manager Rosemary Kulow announced that Audrey Lovering has been hired to be Rockland’s next Community Development director, succeeding Rodney Lynch.

The Rockland City Council presented Lynch a plaque June 20 at city hall. Lynch’s last day of work with the city will be June 30. He has been the city’s CD director for nearly 14 years and has been instrumental in the city receiving millions of dollars in grants over those years for a variety of housing and public improvement projects.

Lovering will begin her duties July 6.

Her most recent employment has been as a development associate for Developers Collaborative in Portland. She is past executive director of the Skowhegan Main Street program.

She is a native of Standish.

Lovering has a master’s degree in development administration and planning from University College London – Bartlett School – London, United Kingdom. She also has a graduate certificate in nonprofit management from the University of Southern Maine and a bachelor of arts in international relations and global affairs with a concentration in business and marketing from Eckerd College, St. Petersburg, Fla.

The city manager also announced that Paula Schuessler will succeed Brenda Harrington as executive assistant for the city manager and city attorney.

Schuessler will begin working June 27 so that she can spend a week with Harrington to learn some of the duties.

Schuessler has many years of experience as an executive assistant with MBNA and then Bank of America, and she most recently worked as an executive assistant at Ocean Energy Institute with Matthew Simmons, Kulow stated. Schuessler has an associate degree in legal secretarial science, is a certified professional secretary, and lives in Lincolnville.

The manager is expected to soon make an appointment for a part-time general assistance director.

Harrington, who retires at the end of the month after 19 years with the city, also served as general assistant director for the past 14 years.