FAIRFIELD — Karen Rees, volunteer program coordinator for the city, was appointed city clerk by a unanimous vote Tuesday of the Fairfield City Council after she and two other people who sought the post spoke.
“I won’t let you down,” Rees, 56, told the council after its vote. “I’m going to give it my all.”
Rees will succeed Jeanette Bellinder, who resigned in December to begin a new job as chief deputy clerk for the Solano County Board of Supervisors.
Thomas Bailey and Tanya McKown also sought the clerk post.
Rees, when speaking to the council about her qualifications, said she’s been working part-time for Fairfield for more than nine years. She earned two associate degrees at Solano Community College before transferring to California State University, Sonoma where she received a bachelor’s degree in psychology.
She has lived in Fairfield for 24 years. Rees and her husband Alan are the parents of Chelsea, 28, and Connor, 17. Rees is a native of Duluth, Minn.
Fairfield City Council members, advised that a special election for the city clerk post would cost between $502,280 and $753,420, decided against having an election to fill the vacancy. The appointment had to be made by Feb. 15.
Councilman John Mraz, prior to the vote, spoke about the quality of the applicants.
“It’s tough to pick one person out of the three,” he said.
The clerk conducts city elections, schedules council meetings and prepares agenda material, produces official records of council decisions, maximizes public access to municipal government and maintains the official records of the city, according to the job description.
The part-time, elected position pays $190 a month.
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