Stacey Parra of Lincolnville has been hired as Union's next town clerk.

Parra has worked for 19 years for the Rockport Town Office, the last 15 years as executive assistant to the town manager. She is replacing Marcy Corwin, who retired after 17 years as Union's town clerk.

Union Town Manager Jay Feyler said the town received about 30 applications and, working with a committee, narrowed the applicants down to four to bring in for interviews, but ended up interviewing three after someone withdrew their application.

"They were all experienced people," Feyler said. "People say there are no qualified people, but that is not the case."

The town manager said many younger people applied for the job, which was exciting to see, but because of Corwin's vacancy, the town needed someone with experience.

"Stacey brings a lot of professionalism and has been executive assistant in Rockport for a number of years, and she gets to expand her horizons a little here," he said.

Parra began in Rockport in June 1998, working initially in the town clerk's office until March 2001, when she was promoted to the executive assistant to the town manager post. In 2002, she also began her role as General Assistance administrator.

Parra said during her tenure she has worked with "five town managers and many amazing coworkers and Select Board members."

"Stacey has given many years of dedicated service. She is the most talented and best assistant I have ever worked with, and the town will miss her very much," said Rockport Town Manager Rick Bates. "That said, I am pleased with the fact that she is moving up to a new challenge and is taking on a big, new role in local government. She is perfect for this new job. Sometimes a change is good, and this seems to be perfect for her. I am proud of her and am positive she will do a great job for the town of Union."

Feyler said Parra has given her two-weeks' notice in Rockport and they are still negotiating an official start date. Bates said an advertisement for Parra's replacement will be going out as soon as possible.

Parra's last day in Rockport is Thursday, Aug. 3.

"I will miss the people in and around Rockport I have met over the years," she said.

Courier Publications Editor Kim Lincoln can be reached at 236-8511 or by email at klincoln@villagesoup.com.