Update: On June 21, the City Council unanimously approved a contract with Lesley Milton to serve as Palo Alto's new city clerk.
Palo Alto has concluded its search for a new city clerk, with the City Council preparing to name Lesley Milton on Monday as the successor to outgoing clerk Beth Minor.
Minor announced earlier this year that she will be stepping down on July 30 after 14 years at City Hall, including five as city clerk. The council plans to adopt a resolution of appreciation for Minor on Monday night, shortly before it votes to approve a contract with Milton.
Milton will be coming to Palo Alto from Seaside, a city in Monterey County where she held a number of positions, most recently serving as both the assistant city manager and the city clerk. According to a report from the Human Resources Department, she has 15 years of experience in public service, including 10 years in the city clerk profession.
Under the contract that the council is set to approve, Milton's salary will be $175,000 and she will receive $10,000 in relocation expenses. The city clerk position is one of four at City Hall — along with city manager, city attorney and city auditor — that is appointed directly by the council. Milton would start her new position on July 26.
In an announcement, Milton said she is "excited to join an award-winning City recognized nationally as innovative and well-managed."
"I love being a Clerk because I am able to work closely with the public, all City departments and with the City Council," she said in a statement. "Having lived on the Monterey Peninsula just south of Palo Alto, I am familiar with the area and the needs of the community."