PORTLAND – City Clerk Linda Cohen announced that she will resign in a little more than a month.

Cohen said she is stepping down on Jan. 7, 2011, to pursue other career opportuniites.

Mayor Nick Mavadones said Cohen restructured the clerk’s office, improved the administration of elections and brought a customer service mentality to the office.

“For nearly a decade, Linda has been the person behind the curtain, making sure that the clerk’s office was an open and welcoming place for the public,” Mavadones said.

Four years ago, Cohen became only the second clerk in Maine to earn Master Municipal Clerk status from the International Institute of Municipal Clerks. She also received the Lorraine Fleury Award from the Maine Secretary of State for her contribution to elections and was named Maine Clerk of the Year by the Maine Town and City Clerk’s Association in 1999.