AUGUSTA  — Maine Gov.-elect Paul LePage plans to announce an expansion of his transition team as applications for jobs in his new administration pour in by the hundreds.

Maine’s first Republican governor since the mid-1990s is planning to announce at a news conference Tuesday that his transition team will expand by about 30 people. Part of the new appointees’ job will be to sift through the applications that have been filed by people interested in serving in the new administration.

Dan Demeritt, communications director for the transition effort, says the number of applications is approaching 1,000.

As of now, the transition team has three co-chairs and a small staff. The governor-elect has also appointed a team of 10 advisers to advise him on how a new two-year budget should be shaped.