GLOUCETER, Mass. (AP) — The mayor of Gloucester is leaving her job for a post in the administration of Republican Gov.-elect Charlie Baker.

Carolyn Kirk, a Democrat, has been tapped by Baker to serve as deputy secretary of the Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development.

Kirk is currently in her fourth term of mayor of Gloucester, a major fishing port.

She tells the Gloucester Times ( ) that her state post will include a "special emphasis on the maritime economy."

Kirk will report to former Chelsea City Manager Jay Ash, who was tapped by Baker to serve as Secretary of Housing and Economic Affairs

Kirk plans to formally submit her resignation as mayor before the incoming governor is sworn into office on Jan. 8.


Information from: Gloucester (Mass.) Daily Times,