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Santa Clarita City Clerk leaving for Santa Monica

Posted: August 1, 2012 7:13 p.m.
Updated: August 1, 2012 7:13 p.m.
City Clerk Sarah Gorman will leave for the city of Santa Monica on Sept. 4. City Clerk Sarah Gorman will leave for the city of Santa Monica on Sept. 4.
City Clerk Sarah Gorman will leave for the city of Santa Monica on Sept. 4.


After about two years working for the city of Santa Clarita, City Clerk Sarah Gorman will be leaving Aug. 17 to become city clerk for the city of Santa Monica, Santa Clarita officials confirmed Wednesday.

“We’re sorry to see Sarah go,” said Santa Clarita spokeswoman Gail Ortiz. “She’s part of the city family and has done a great job here both with City Council meetings and running the election.

“She’s a smart lady with a bright future and we wish her the best,” Ortiz said.

City Manager Ken Pulskamp was still working on a plan for Gorman’s replacement, she said.

As city clerk in Santa Clarita, Gorman was required to run the City Council elections every two years, as well as provide clerk services for council meetings, administer records management, supervise risk management and oversee contracts for the city attorney.

As city clerk for Santa Monica, Gorman will be taking on a similar role, although elections are consolidated with Los Angeles County and Santa Monica is a full-service city with more employees, Gorman said.

In Santa Monica’s nationwide recruitment for the position, Gorman was one of 80 candidates and two finalists interviewed by the Santa Monica City Council.

Gorman said the move would be a good one for her family.

“This is a new experience for me and my family,” Gorman said.

She said she enjoyed working with the city of Santa Clarita and is looking forward to a new experience with the city of Santa Monica.

“It’s been really neat to work with this community,” Gorman said. “I’m just looking forward to getting to know the new city, the new citizens and taking on a new challenge.”

Before she became city clerk for Santa Clarita, Gorman worked as an attorney in the public and election law field and has a legal degree from the University of Southern California.

Gorman will be paid a base salary of $159,912 at Santa Monica, with up to $10,000 in relocation assistance, according to a news release.

The minimum salary for the Santa Clarita city clerk was $87,217, with the maximum salary $106,013, in 2010 — the latest statistics available from the State Controller’s Office.

Gorman will start her new position in Santa Monica Sept. 4.




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