ROCKLAND, Maine — The City Council on Monday hired Rosemary Kulow of New Gloucester to be the new city manager, replacing Tom Hall, who resigned in October.

Kulow plans to begin her new job by Jan. 20, Rockland Mayor Deborah McNeil said Tuesday. Kulow plans to attend the regular council meeting at 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 12, to sign the employment agreement.

She will be paid a yearly salary of $80,000, McNeil said, adding that the pay is competitive with managers of other cities similar in size to Rockland.

A native of Wisconsin, Kulow has a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Wisconsin and a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Virginia.

She worked for the city of Charlottesville, Va., 1987-89, and then came to Maine and worked for the city of Eastport until 1992.

After returning for a brief stint in Wisconsin, Kulow came back to Maine to work as city manager for Gardiner and then as a planning specialist for the Maine Department of Transportation.

Kulow then served for five years as town manager in Sebago before leaving to take the town manager post in New Gloucester, where she worked 2003-08, McNeil said.

“We’re all very excited,” McNeil said of her colleagues on the city council. “She will be a good fit for the community.”

“I am very happy to be chosen and I’m very, very excited to be embarking on my new duties for the city of Rockland,” Kulow said. “I look forward to working for the city and its residents.”

Kulow was chosen from a field of 47 applicants and five finalists, McNeil said.

Kulow will rent a home in Rockland right away until she and her husband can sell their home in New Gloucester, McNeil said.

Wastewater Plant Director Terry Pinto has been the interim city manager in Rockland since shortly after Hall’s departure in October.

Kulow was unavailable for comment Tuesday.