PLEASANT HILL -- Attorney Paige Kremser Stenrud will take over as the interim city clerk next month.
Kremser Stenrud, who lives in Pleasant Hill with her husband and two children, is scheduled to be sworn in at the Aug. 4 City Council meeting. She was one of three applicants for the position, vacant since May 19 when former City Clerk Kim Lehmkuhl resigned. That resignation followed months of turmoil over Lehmkuhl's failure to produce council meeting minutes for an entire year. Kremser Stenrud will finish Lehmkuhl's term, which expires in 2016.
City clerks perform such critical tasks as preparing meeting minutes, maintaining official records and administering elections. They also ensure that municipalities comply with federal, local and state laws, including California's open meeting and public records acts.
In March, the council agreed to place a measure on the November ballot asking whether the city clerk should be changed to an appointed position. If voters approve the measure, a staff member who answers to the city manager will assume the clerk's duties. The change will take effect in 2016.
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