Council to have special meeting on city clerk

BROOKINGS – The Brookings City Council will have a special meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday in the City & County Government Center to discuss the city clerk appointment process. 

It is the lone item on the agenda, which is posted on the city’s website.

Shari Thornes retired as city clerk in January after 34 years with the city, 19 years as city clerk. Bonnie Foster was appointed acting city clerk a few weeks later due to her 11 years’ experience as deputy city clerk. 

At that time, the council indicated they would re-visit the situation in five to six months, evaluate Foster’s performance and decide whether to name her the permanent city clerk. A six-month probationary period is standard for new city employees, City Manager Paul Briseno said.

The council later decided to update the job description of the city clerk and do a national search for a permanent city clerk.

“The city clerk position is an appointed position, and any appointments are made by the city council. Therefore, this process is a city council process,” Briseno said. 

Minimum requirements for the city clerk include a bachelor’s degree in business administration, public administration or related field; and three to five years of progressively responsible experience in government.


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