HAVERHILL — Mayor James Fiorentini needs a new administrative assistant.
His longtime assistant Linda Koutoulas has been promoted to city clerk, replacing Margaret Toomey who retired this past summer after 10 years.
Koutoulas was appointed by the mayor and confirmed Tuesday by the City Council. She is scheduled to begin her new job a few doors down from the mayor’s office Jan. 1.
The clerk job’s comes with a $65,000 salary — $15,000 more than Koutoulas’ current salary as the mayor’s assistant.
“This is a bitter sweet day for me,” the mayor said at Tuesday’s meeting. “I am losing a wonderful assistant, who has been the heart and soul of my office for the past six years. She has supervised, organized and managed my volunteers and interns, and handled hundreds, maybe thousands, of constituent requests.”
Fiorentini said nine people applied for the job and that a committee that included Toomey, and Haverhill Human Resources Director Mary Carrington unanimously recommended Koutoulas for the clerk’s position.
“Linda Koutoulas is an outstanding candidate who will be an outstanding city clerk,” the mayor said. “She has over 16 years of government experience at the Statehouse and at City Hall. She has the background, energy level and experience to be an outstanding city clerk.”
Koutoulas, who lives in Haverhill with her husband, Apostolos, and their son Nicholas, has a bachelor of fine arts degree from the Massachusetts College of Art. She has also taken advanced courses in computer technology, the mayor said.
Koutoulas worked for more than a decade in the House of Representatives — first as a legislative aid and then as an administrative aide, the mayor said in a press release on her appointment.
At the Statehouse, Koutoulas helped draft legislation, handled constituent complaints, attended legislative hearings and wrote testimony for committee hearings, the mayor’s release said. In her time there, she worked for state Reps. John Binienda of Worcester, Dennis Murphy of Springfield and Albert Herren of Fall River, the release said.