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Carlsbad City Clerk, Barbara Engleson (Photo courtesy: City of Carlsbad)

Carlsbad City Clerk, Barbara Engleson, to Retire

Carlsbad CA— After eight and a half years in office, Carlsbad City Clerk Barbara Engleson has announced her plan to retire from her role, effective Aug. 19. Under city law, the City Council may appoint someone to fill the vacancy or hold a special election. Engleson’s term is up in November 2022.

According to her resignation letter, Engleson and her husband recently decided to relocate out of Carlsbad. When they move, she will no longer be eligible to serve as City Clerk.

“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,” said Engleson. “It has been my honor to serve alongside such a dedicated team of professionals.”

Engleson was first appointed as Carlsbad’s City Clerk in January 2013 when then City Clerk Lorraine Wood successfully ran for City Council. Engleson was then elected in 2014 and again in 2018. The City Clerk term is four years.

The Carlsbad Municipal Code, a collection of city laws, describes how vacancies in elective office are filled, based on how much time is left in the term. Because there will be more than a year but less then 25 months left in Engleson’s term, the City Council has the choice of appointing someone to fill the remainder of the term or calling a special election, which could be held in April 2022. If the City Council were to make an appointment, that person would be able to run for City Clerk in the November 2022 election.

The City Council is scheduled to discuss these options at its next meeting, Aug. 17. During the vacancy, staff from the Office of the City Clerk will cover the City Clerk’s duties.

Eligibility requirements to serve as Carlsbad City Clerk include:

  • Live and be registered to vote in the City of Carlsbad
  • Either
    • Hold the designation of certified municipal clerk from the International Institute of Municipal Clerks, or
    • Have two years of full-time, salaried work experience in either business administration or public administration and possess a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university.

The role of City Clerk, outlined by the California Government Code and Election Code, is to serve as the local official for elections, local legislation, the Public Records Act, the Political Reform Act and the Brown Act (open meeting laws). The Office of the City Clerk also ensures that the decision-making process is transparent to the public; complies with federal, state, and local regulations; and is properly recorded.

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