2015-10-23 / Community

South Portland names new clerk

By Duke Harrington
Staff Writer

SOUTH PORTLAND — Emily F. Carrington will be the new city clerk for South Portland, according to a press release issued Tuesday, Oct. 20 by Mayor Linda Cohen.

Carrington, who also will be registrar of voters, will begin her duties Wednesday, Oct. 28. She replaces Susan Mooney, who is retiring after 39 years at city hall. Mooney has agreed to stay through the Nov. 3 general election, and will serve during her final weeks as a mentor to Carrington.

“We are thrilled to have Emily Carrington join the South Portland team,” Cohen said. “Her background, education, technical capabilities and professionalism are all strong assets she brings to the position. The City Council feels Emily is the perfect choice to lead the city clerk’s office.”

Carrington reportedly will be paid a base salary of $65,000 in her new position, a savings to taxpayers on the $89,555 earned by Mooney.

Carrington was selected for the job by a city council subcommittee that included Cohen and Councilors Maxine Beecher and Tom Blake. Of 38 applicants for the job, four were interviewed for the position. The subcommittee chose Carrington unanimously as “their top choice,” Cohen said. A formal vote on the appointment will take place at a special city council meeting Monday, Oct. 26.

Carrington, 29 of Portland, is the campus operations administrator and assistant to the president at Kaplan University, located in South Portland. At Kaplan, she also served as human resources generalist for a staff of 120 scattered across three school campuses, and, as a member of the school’s senior management team, she was responsible for employee communication, campus operations, change management and employee development. She also managed the university’s social media accounts. Carrington has experience managing regulatory compliance in her previous position as academic coordinator and assistant to Kaplan’s campus academic dean.

Carrington has a bachelor’s degree in environmental studies from the University of New England and a master’s degree in human resources management, earned at Kaplan. She is working toward a certification as a senior certified professional from the Society of Human Resource Management.

“I am so thrilled for this opportunity to serve the people of South Portland,” Carrington said. “There is a lot of work to do, and big shoes to fill. I’m eager to get started.”

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