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Contra Costa County supervisors to consider clerk-recorder applicants

By January 14, 2020 No Comments
The Contra Costa County Clerk-Recorder's Office is at 555 Escobar St. in Martinez. (Photo courtesy of Contra Costa County)

The Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors is scheduled Tuesday to consider choosing from among 22 applicants for the vacant county clerk-recorder’s position whom to interview.

The interviews are scheduled to take place a week later, on Jan. 21. The supervisors’ plan is to appoint a new clerk-recorder on Feb. 4.

The new clerk-recorder would succeed Joe Canciamilla, who resigned abruptly in late October, one year into his second elected four-year term.

About a week later, Canciamilla reached a settlement with the Fair Political Practices Commission on 30 counts of campaign finance violations including using $130,529 in campaign funds for personal expenses and for filing falsified records to cover it up.

Applicants include several people prominent in local government in Contra Costa, and several current employees of the clerk-recorder’s office.

They are: acting Clerk and Recorder Deborah Cooper; former 16th District Assemblywoman Catharine Baker; Contra Costa County Supervisor Karen Mitchoff; Concord Councilwoman Laura Hoffmeister; Martinez City Council members Mark Ross and Debra McKillop; Walnut Creek Councilman Justin Wedel; former Antioch City Councilman and current City Clerk Arne Simonsen; Martinez City Clerk Richard Hernandez; attorney and Martinez school board trustee Deidre Siguenza; Karen Basting, BART’s director of customer services; Scott Konopasek, county assistant registrar of voters; Paul Burgarino, the registrar of voters’ community engagement specialist; Kristin Connelly, president and CEO of the East Bay Leadership Council; Martin Dunlap, a captain with the Contra Costa County Fire Protection District; attorney Courtney O’Brien; attorney Scott Rafferty; Tina Norton, an insurance verification specialist; Herman Farmer II, a CPA, finance director and risk manager; political campaign consultant Mark Friedman; Hakam Ibrahim, an administrative hearing examiner; and Elliot Meltzer, a former grocery store clerk and now a driver for Lyft and Uber. All are Contra Costa County residents.

There isn’t a set number of applicants to be selected for interviews.

Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors will meet in chambers at 651 Pine St. in downtown Martinez.