On April 24, 2015, I am a humorous motivational speaker for the California City Clerks Association at the Double Tree at Ronert Park, CA.
The event will attract over 180 city, deputy or assistant clerks. Some board clerks for water districts will also attend.
Ultimately an agency ( city) clerk ensures transparency to the public and preserves legislative history. The work itself can be as routine as hounding different departments for staff reports, compiling information and getting packets out to board and the public.
During election time, a clerks job is to serve potential elected officials and to remain neutral, impartial and transparent.
Throughout the day, they respond to information requirements from the public. Some people may be filing a claim against the city others are simple public record requests. In california, clerks must respond to these inquiries within 10 days.
A quarter of the clerks are elected but the majority are appointed by the city manager, mayor or council.
This staff like many can feel like they are babysitting, trying to get people to do things on time. They often struggle with generational challenges.
The other motivational speaker for the California Clerks is Michelle Ray, who I know from my years as a member of the Vancouver, BC Canadian Association of Professional Speakers.