ROCKLAND — The city is close to filling some of its department head vacancies, the city manager said Friday, Oct. 29.

City Manager Tom Luttrell said candidates for city planner have been interviewed and he expects to soon announce a hiring for that post. The City Council approved the creation of a full-time planner post in June for the 2021-2022 budget year.

The manager said his goal is for the planner to be the department head for a planner/code enforcement department. He said he then plans to work with other neighboring towns to share an assistant code enforcement officer who would work part-time in Rockland.

Adam Ackor left the code office post in September to return to his private contracting business , Shore Village Builders. Wyatt Philbrook is serving as code enforcement officer following Ackor’s departure.

The city manager said he also plans to negotiate an inter-local agreement to share assessing services with Camden and Rockport. City Assessor Roxy Lafrance left in September 2020. The city has been unable to find a replacement and has been contracting with KRT Appraisal for services since Lafrance left.

Luttrell said he is also considering separating the management of the solid waste facility from the public services director post. Kathy Bourque Parker resigned the public services director post in August. The city manager said the past two directors have said that managing the solid waste facility plus the other public services functions was too much for one person.

The city manager said he will soon be advertising the police chief post. Chief Christopher Young’s last day on the job will be Nov. 8. He has accepted a job in private industry.

Deputy Police Chief Joel Neal is expected to be named interim police chief.