City manager’s assistant Denise Beckett has been selected as the new Belfast city clerk. Beckett replaces Roberta Fogg, who left the city in July to serve as city clerk of Auburn.

City Manager Joe Slocum said he received 40 applications and conducted 11 interviews for the position.

“At the end of the day, the decision was to recommend the best person for the city, and she came out as the best candidate,” Slocum said. “I think we’re really fortunate to have somebody of her caliber interested in this position.”

The City Council approved the city manager’s recommendation of Beckett Aug. 24. Speaking the following day, Beckett said she was looking forward to the challenge.

“I think I’m going to enjoy it a lot,” she said.

Beckett started with the city 12 years ago in a “floater” position working in whichever department someone was needed. For the past 10 years she has worked as the assistant to the city manager, handling, among other things, the city’s accounts payable bookkeeping.

She has worked at the polls in Ward 5 since 1999, but said the biggest challenge she sees ahead will be running the elections in November.

Beckett will not start immediately, Slocum said, in part because she is needed in the city manager’s office until a replacement is hired. Slocum said Interim City Clerk Robin Reynolds would continue to perform the clerk’s duties for the time being.

The city plans to advertise the vacancy in the city manager’s office, a position for which Slocum said all applicants for the clerk’s position and also an office job advertised last winter would automatically be considered.