Government / Politics

San Juan looking to fill city clerk vacancy

Appointment expected to be made at the May 16 city council meeting

The city of San Juan Bautista is looking to fill its vacant city clerk's position after Connie Schobert tendered her resignation in March, three months after being elected. She was originally appointed as city clerk in November 2014 after the previous clerk resigned after serving half of her term

In her resignation letter to City Manager Roger Grimsley, dated March 24, Schobert — who also served as the library technician and webmaster for the Luck Library in San Juan — said she has accepted a position with the Santa Clara County Office of the District Attorney.

"It is with a heavy heart that I submit my resignation," she wrote. "I would like to thank you for providing me the opportunity to learn and grow with the agency but it is time for me to move on and seek other opportunities for growth."

Schobert's last day with the library was April 7 and her last city council meeting as clerk was April 18.

The city is now looking for a resident of San Juan Bautista to serve as clerk, who administers democratic processes such as elections, access to city records, and all legislative actions ensuring transparency to the public. The city clerk also acts as a compliance officer for federal, state, and local statutes including the Political Reform Act, the Brown Act, and the Public Records Act. The position also manages public inquiries, administers oaths of office, certifies copies of the official records, and attends all city council meetings. 

According to an announcement from the city, the clerk also plans, directs, manages, supervises, and coordinates the activities and operations of the City Clerk’s Office including preparation of the minutes, recording of decisions of the city council and planning commission, and codification and maintenance of official city records. The clerk prepares the council agenda and packet, and provides "highly responsible and complex administrative support to the city council."

The city council has set a $100 monthly stipend for this position.

Interested applicants should submit a resume and cover letter to City Hall at 311 Second S., P.O. Box 1420, San Juan Bautista, CA  95045, or e-mail to [email protected] for receipt not later than 1 p.m. on Monday, May 15. Appointment to fill the vacancy will be addressed at the May 16 regular meeting of the city council, at 6 p.m. Applicants should plan to attend. This is a temporary position, lasting until the November 2020 general election.

For more information, call (831) 623-4661 or visit

Adam Breen

Adam Breen has been a San Benito County resident since 1980 and graduated from Sacred Heart School and San Benito High School before earning a bachelor's degree from California State University, Fresno. A father of two sons, Adam has taught newspaper, English and yearbook at SBHS for the past decade, after six years as a magazine editor for Santa Clara University. He previously was editor of the Hollister Free Lance and content director for BenitoLink.