The town of Rockport did not have to look far to find its new planning and development director.

Waldoboro Planning and Development Director Bill Najpauer has been tabbed to fill the vacancy that will be left by current planner Tom Ford. Ford is set to retire in May after serving more than a decade in the position.

According to Rockport Select Board Chairman William Chapman, Najpauer has accepted the position and the select board will take its formal vote to confirm the town manager's decision to hire Najpauer May 13. Najpauer is expected to start in his new role May 20.

“It is a good hire,” Chapman said. ”The town manager did a good job selecting a candidate, he seems very responsible and has a lot of good things to bring to the town.”

Chapman also said much like the fire chief and public works director, the town manager has planned to have an overlap between Najpauer's start and Ford's departure. He said Ford will be able to assist the new planning director with town policies and procedures.

Najpauer, who has worked for Waldoboro for more than a year, submitted his resignation to Town Manager John Spear April 22, with an effective date of May 14.

Attempts to contact Najpauer for comment were not successful at press time.