ROCKPORT — The Select Board has appointed Elizabeth Lowe as Rockport’s new town clerk.

Lowe, 50, comes to Rockport after almost 10 years with the town of Camden where she started as an Opera House volunteer then moved onto positions as its administrative assistant and box office manager. For the past six years she served as deputy town clerk, treasurer, and harbor clerk.

“I’m really excited to have Liz come on board,” Rockport town manager Jon Duke told the Select Board at its Dec. 12 meeting about his choice for the position. “She is in the trenches daily and understands what happens in that world.”

Duke said it was a “long, long search” to find the right person for the job. He quipped that her hiring marks the start of Lowe’s 25 or 30 years on the job — because, he noted, that is typically how long Rockport clerks stay on the job.

Contacted Dec. 14, Lowe agreed that town clerk hirings are uncommon. “It’s a big deal, clerks don’t leave and having to hire a clerk is pretty rare,” she said.

One of the things Lowe looks forward to is when Rockport’s town clerk’s office starts soon to perform the duties of a bureau of motor vehicles, as many other towns already do.

She said it is also a “really good feeling” to be working for the town where she and her family live and where she has so many friends.

“It’s a step up career-wise,” too, she said, noting that unlike her Camden position, in Rockport she will head a department. And while she will be working closer to home, things will be very similar, she said.

“It’s the same position, just step up. I feel we are all kind of the same community. I do know a lot of the same people, working for six years in a small office I have a lot of good friends. I didn’t say goodbye, I’m still in the community, I am still around.”

Lowe’s husband, Andrew Lowe, is assistant fire chief in Camden. “We are municipal geeks,” she joked.

Married a year ago, between them the couple has three daughters, two in college and one a student at Camden Hills Regional High School.

Lowe’s first day is Dec. 19. She will work alongside the retiring Linda Greenlaw for a couple of weeks before the latter’s departure Jan. 5, Duke said.

The mission of the Rockport town clerk’s office, as spelled out on the town website, is, “to accurately maintain all town records, conduct elections with professionalism in accordance with State Law, issue state and Town licenses, and provide information to both town officials and the general public in a friendly, professional and confidential manner.”

Also at the Dec. 12 meeting, Duke reminded everyone of the Jan. 8 retirement party for Greenlaw after her 27 years as town clerk. It will run from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Rockport Opera House. The public is invited.