City Clerk

City of Watsonville

The City of Watsonville invites your interest in the position of City Clerk. 
Qualified applicants are encouraged to apply online at


The City of Watsonville is seeking a highly skilled City Clerk to manage and oversee the day-to-day functional operations of agenda management, electronic records management, administering oaths, respond to Public Records Act requests and accurately record the actions and proceeding of City council meetings.

This position is appointed by the City Council and will assist in carrying out the policies set forth by the City Council. The City Clerk serves as a resource and provides extensive support services to the City Council and must be able to maintain professional, trusting, and unbiased relationships.

The City Clerk is responsible for attending all meetings of the City Council and for recording and maintaining a full and true record of the proceedings. The City Clerk records and maintains all ordinances and resolutions, contracts, and official bonds. The City Clerk administers oaths or affirmations and depositions pertaining to the affairs and business of the City and certifies copies of the official records. The City Clerk oversees and manages all City Elections.

The City Clerk will maintain the Municipal Code, administer regulations relating to the Fair Political Practices Commission, and provide research and information services to the public and City personnel.

The City Clerk is responsible to ensure that all City Council actions are in full compliance with federal, state, and local statutes and regulations, and properly executed, recorded, and archived.
The City Clerk is part of the City's Executive Team.

The ideal candidate must be impartial, equitable, and have a calm demeanor in all aspects of fulfilling the job duties. The City Clerk must be highly adaptable, innovative and politically astute in dealing with the dynamic expectations of city government and technology. This position requires regular after hours work and a high level of commitment to meet deadlines and be responsive to the public, City Council, and city staff.

Any combination of education and experience that provides the required knowledge and abilities to carry out the function of the position is qualifying. A typical way is to have at least six years of increasingly responsible public sector administrative experience and a Bachelor’s degree with major course work in public administration, business administration, information systems, computer science, risk management, public policy or a related field. Additional, relevant on-the-job experience can be considered in lieu of Bachelor’s degree. Competitive candidates will have a strong knowledge base of municipal election code, Brown Act, Public Records Act, Record Retention and other applicable laws and codes required to manage these functions.
Experience with elected and appointed officials, citizen committees, and governing bodies and the ability to speak Spanish is highly desired.
Ability to obtain certification by the International Institute of Municipal Clerks as a Certified Municipal Clerk (CMC)/Municipal Master Clerk is highly desirable.

The salary will be dependent upon success candidate's experience and qualifications.

The city participates in the California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS) under a 2% @ 60 formula for Classic Members (employee pays 7% -. A 2% @ 62 formula applies to New/PEPRA Members (employee pays 6.25% City Management Employees also participate in Social Security at 7.65%

Management employees receive (13.5) days per year. Unused administrative leave is paid out to employees annually. 15 sick leave days per year.
Depending on the length of service, from 12 to 20 vacation days per year are earned. There are also 14 paid holidays per year.
The City offers excellent medical, dental and vision benefits for the employee and dependents. City paid Long Term Disability Insurance. Life insurance, City provided at $50, 000 of coverage.