Carlsbad’s elected city clerk, Barbara Engleson, has announced she plans to retire effective Aug. 19 because she and her husband are moving outside the city and she will be ineligible to serve.
“I am very proud of the many ways the city of Carlsbad has promoted government transparency and public engagement, which are critical to our democracy and key functions of the office of the city clerk,” Engleson said in an announcement issued by the city.
She has held the position since she was appointed in January 2013 to take the place of the previous longtime city clerk, Lorraine Wood, after Wood was elected to the Carlsbad City Council. Engleson was then elected to four-year terms in 2014 and 2018.
Her current term expires with the November 2022 election. The council could appoint someone or hold a special election to fill the vacancy, but a special election is unlikely. The county Registrar of Voters informed the city earlier this month that a special election to fill the vacant District 1 council seat would cost up to $650,000 and could be scheduled no sooner than April 2022.
The council is scheduled to discuss its options at its meeting Aug. 31. The city clerk’s duties will be handled by other employees within the office during the vacancy.
All Carlsbad elected officials serve in what are considered part-time positions. The city clerk’s salary is $12,840 a year, according to the city website.
Applicants for an appointment to the position must live and be registered to vote in the city. The applicant also must be certified as a municipal clerk by the International Institute of Municipal Clerks; or hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university and have two years of full-time, salaried work experience in business administration or public administration.
The city clerk is responsible for local elections, legislation, compliance with the state Public Records Act, open meetings laws and other regulations regarding municipal government.