Roxy LaFrance, who served as a clerk for both the code enforcement and public services departments for a year-and-a-half, will become Rockland's next assessor.

LaFrance was appointed assessor's agent last month and her appointment as assessor was contingent on her becoming certified by the state.

LaFrance passed that examination two weeks ago. City Manager Tom Luttrell said he will formally submit her name for confirmation next month to the city council. The assessor is one of the few positions that the manager needs the approval of the council.

"I'm very impressed with her," Luttrell said. "It's good when we can promote from within."

LaFrance was hired in March 2016. She said when the assessor post became vacant nearly a year ago, people urged her to go for the post.

Luttrell said it was impressive that she passed the examination on her first try while many others in the state are taking the test for their second, third or fourth times.

LaFrance said she had been studying after work in the weeks leading up to the final examination.

She holds an associate's degree from Thomas College in Waterville for medical office assistant. She worked as a surgical scheduler at the University of Vermont Medical Center in Burlington, Vt. and 10 years with the Maine Department of Motor Vehicles.

Dennis Reed has been filling in as assessor since December 2016, following the resignation of Doreen French. Reed had served as assessor for Rockland for 10 years before he retired in February 2016.