MARTINEZ -- Contra Costa's next election czar and clerk-recorder will either be former Assemblyman Joe Canciamilla or Pleasant Hill Councilman Jack Weir, county supervisors decided Tuesday.

The board, charged with filling the elected countywide position after Clerk-Recorder Steve Weir retires in March, quickly narrowed the field of 18 applicants to the final two. The other candidates lacked experience, failed to complete the application or lived outside the county and were ineligible.

Supervisors will interview the two men on Feb. 12 for the $150,000-a-year post responsible for managing the county's elections, legal documents such as property deeds, a $14 million annual budget and 86 employees. The supervisors' choice will have to run for election in 2014 in order to keep the nonpartisan job.

Canciamilla, a 57-year-old attorney and Pittsburg Funeral Chapel co-owner, has a long résumé of elected posts in Contra Costa County. He served on the Pittsburg school board and City Council before being elected to the Board of Supervisors in 1996. After one term as a supervisor, Canciamilla spent six years in the Assembly.

He has a bachelor's degree in management from Saint Mary's College and a law degree from John F. Kennedy University.

Weir, 73 and the incumbent's oldest brother, was elected for the first time to the Pleasant Hill City Council in 2010.

He runs a home-based consulting company, Change for the Better, which helps companies and nonprofit organizations manage organizational shifts. Before forming his own firm, he led technology departments for a Sacramento electrical company and Pacific Telesis Group.


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Weir has a bachelor's degree in business from the University of San Francisco and a master's degree in organizational transformation from John F. Kennedy University.

Contact Lisa Vorderbrueggen at 925-945-4773, lvorderbrueggen@bayareanewsgroup.com, politicswithlisav.blogspot.com or Twitter.com/lvorderbrueggen.