FAIRFIELD — The city manager will present five candidates to succeed City Clerk Jeanette Bellinder and the council will conduct public interviews before selecting a successor for Bellinder.
The City Council by a 3-1 vote Tuesday approved City Manager Sean Quinn recommending five candidates for the $190-a-month, part-time position rather than hold a special June election that could cost up to $753,420.
Councilwoman Pam Bertani voted against the plan – a hybrid of options provided the council – and said she preferred the council interview all candidates for the clerk post. She agreed the city couldn’t spend to hold a special election and said open interviews by the council of all candidates is the closest to an election.
“I don’t want to feel like I’m shoving someone down the throat of our public,” she said. “A democracy means it’s more than just us up here who get to participate.”
Bellinder, 36, will begin a new job Wednesday as chief deputy clerk for the Solano County Board of Supervisors. The pay range for the full-time county job is $80,004 to $97,246, according to the Human Resources Department website for Solano County government.
Councilman John Mraz was absent from Tuesday’s meeting.
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