Galt coun­cil names Hu­bert as next city clerk

Lodi News-Sentinel - - FRONT PAGE - By Wes Bow­ers NEWS-SENTINEL STAFF WRITER

GALT — Re­tir­ing Galt City Clerk Donna Set­tles did not make any com­ments about her im­pend­ing de­par­ture from civic ser­vice Tues­day night.

In­stead, City of Galt Staff and the Galt City Coun­cil ex­pressed their sad­ness in see­ing her leave, but wel­comed a fa­mil­iar face to fill her role for the re­main­der of her term.

The coun­cil voted 4-0 dur­ing its meet­ing to ap­point Tina Hu­bert as city clerk. Hu­bert cur­rently serves as Set­tles’ ex­ec­u­tive as­sis­tant.

“It was a plea­sure work­ing with you when I worked for the city, and it’s been an equal plea­sure work­ing with you as a mem­ber of the city coun­cil,” Coun­cil­man Curt Cam­pion said to Set­tles dur­ing the coun­cil com­ment seg­ment of Tues­day’s meet­ing. “I wish you the best but I wish you were stay­ing on.”

Set­tles sub­mit­ted her res­ig­na­tion Sept. 4, but will re­main on board through Oct. 31 as clerk ad­min­is­tra­tor. Tues­day was her fi­nal meet­ing serv­ing as city clerk.

She be­gan her ca­reer with the city in 1997 as a part-time ad­min­is­tra­tive as­sis­tant, which be­came a full-time role in 2001.

Upon re­tire­ment of the deputy city clerk in 2010, Set­tles was pro­moted to the po­si­tion, and in 2015, she was ap­pointed to city clerk to fin­ish a term end­ing in 2016.

She suc­cess­fully ran for the po­si­tion in the 2016 elec­tion, with her term to ex­pire in De­cem­ber 2020.

Prior to her res­ig­na­tion, Set­tles served as both the elected city clerk and the ap­pointed clerk ad­min­is­tra­tor.

The stipend for the po­si­tion is $300 a month with ben­e­fits. Du­ties in­clude pre­par­ing and dis­tribut­ing coun­cil agen­das, at­tend­ing coun­cil meet­ings, record­ing leg­isla­tive ac­tions, and ad­ver­tis­ing and co­or­di­nat­ing ap­point­ments to city com­mis­sions and com­mit­tees.

The city clerk also serves as the lo­cal elec­tions of­fi­cial.

“I want to thank the city coun­cil for the ap­point­ment, and I truly ap­pre­ci­ate the op­por­tu­nity,” Hu­bert said af­ter the coun­cil’s vote and dur­ing the staff re­port por­tion of the meet­ing.

She has been a Galt res­i­dent for 27 years, and trans­par­ent­cal­i­for­ m says she has been with the city since 2016.

Hu­bert was one of two who ap­plied for the city clerk po­si­tion, along with Kathy Tel­lyer. Staff said Tel­lyer was not present at Tues­day’s meet­ing and would be out of town un­til next week.

“I want to thank you for your ser­vice and good luck on your re­tire­ment,” coun­cil­man Paul Sandhu said to Set­tles. “Con­grat­u­la­tions to Tina, and I hope you bring the same level of ser­vice to the com­mu­nity, coun­cil and staff.”

City staff mem­bers also of­fered their con­grat­u­la­tions to Set­tles.

“In the short time I’ve been here, she’s been great to work with, and we’re go­ing to miss her,” pub­lic works di­rec­tor Mike Sell­ing said. “And to Miss Hu­ber, con­grat­u­la­tions, I’m look­ing for­ward to work­ing with her.”

“I’m go­ing to miss you, our con­ver­sa­tions, bat­tles and what­ever else we’ve been through,” Galt Po­lice Chief Tod Sock­man joked. “You’ve made this place ex­tremely fun to work in. See you around town, I guess.”

In­terim City Man­ager Thomas Haglund joked that Set­tles still had a few more days left to work and that he’d be keep­ing a close eye on her un­til her de­par­ture.

“I just want to thank you for the as­sis­tance you’ve pro­vided dur­ing my ten­ure as city man­ager,” he said. “And I thank Tina for her help and the as­sis­tance she has pro­vided me thus far since your an­nounce­ment.”

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