FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEPress Release # CM:060217
City Council Will Consider a Resolution to Appoint Monique DeLaGarza as City Clerk
On Tuesday, June 6, 2017 at the City Council regular meeting, the Council will consider a resolution to appoint Monique DeLaGarza as City Clerk. An executive recruitment search was conducted and interviews were held in April/May 2017. Along with the City Manager, it is one of two positions the City Council hires directly.
The City Clerk Department conducts municipal, college district, and school district elections involving as many as 290,000 registered voters and more than 300 voting precincts. The City Clerk also maintains most city documents; attends all meetings of the City Council and maintains a full and accurate record of all Council proceedings and voting.
“Monique’s 16-year public service career with the City and her talent for creating solutions utilizing project management tools will make her an outstanding City Clerk," said Mayor Robert Garcia. “We know that Ms. DeLaGarza will continue our City’s tradition of high quality service and well run elections.”
Ms. DeLaGarza is currently the Assistant City Clerk and is responsible for coordinating the development and management of the City Clerk annual budget of $2.5 to $4.7 million; managing department operations related to accounting, payroll, human resources, employee development, internal communications, and City safety programs; creating and maintaining Citywide Records Retention Schedules for 22 City departments; creating a Citywide Policy to assist departments with conversion of digitized records; and administering election cost recovery for consolidated elections. She previously held the positions of Administrative Officer, Administrative Analyst, Assistant Administrative Analyst, and Clerk Typist II with the City of Long Beach.
“I’m honored to be given the opportunity to serve the City of Long Beach,” said Monique DeLaGarza. “I look forward to working with the Mayor and City Council, City Departments, and the community.”
Ms. DeLaGarza received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Finance Management from Tulane University. She is a Certified Municipal Clerk, a member of the International Institute of Municipal Clerks, and the City Clerks Association of California.
Poonam Davis served as Assistant City Clerk and Interim City Clerk prior to her retirement in October 2015. Ms. Davis re-entered the workforce from retirement when the City Council approved her appointment as Interim City Clerk on December 6, 2016. Since December 21, 2016, Ms. Davis has been serving as Interim City Clerk and will stay on to assist with the transition of the new City Clerk.
“Poonam’s commitment to our City is evident in her quality of work and her willingness to come back when we needed her,” said Mayor Robert Garcia. “I want to sincerely thank her for her many years of service to our City.”
Upon City Council approval, the appointment will be effective immediately.