Jesse B. Gill, Staff Writer
Posted: 12/16/2009 11:24:34 PM PST


Staff Writer

REDLANDS – The City Council could choose the first city clerk in the last 27 years whose name isn’t Lorrie Poyzer Friday.

The council will hold an emergency meeting to interview the 10 candidates vying to replace Poyzer as city clerk. The council may also choose a candidate and appoint a replacement on the spot.

“Our intention is to actually vote on somebody after the interview is complete,” said City Councilman Jerry Bean.

After Poyzer announced her retirement, the city’s Human Resources Department began accepting applications for her replacement. The applicants needed only be registered Redlands voters to be qualified.

A panel interviewed more than 20 applicants for the job and narrowed the field to 10 of the most qualified.

“We have some very qualified candidates,” Bean said.

The 10 candidates will be kept upstairs at City Hall and brought down one at a time for the council to interview them, city spokesman Carl Baker wrote in an e-mail Wednesday.

“They will have approximately 25 minutes, including 5 minutes for a presentation by the candidate and 20 minutes for questions from the council,” he wrote.

Bean said he is looking for candidates with customer service experience, skills handling data and record keeping. He said it will be important for the future city clerk to be a strong writer.

“They’ll need to have good command of the English language,” he said. “They’ll need to be able to compile minutes.”

Councilman Aguilar said he would favor applicants with strong customer service backgrounds, though he said experience in the public sector would be favored over experience in the private sector.

“I think it’s a unique position in city government,” Aguilar said. “Folks who bring strong public sector experience will have an advantage.”

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