The Silver Lining of Pleasant Hill City Clerk Scandal

The wacky City Clerk is gone, but the root cause of the problem remains. City mismanagement of the scandal offers an instructive case study in what-not-to-do when things go wrong.

  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  

As a rule, City Clerks don’t seek the limelight. But Kimberly Lehmkuhl, the infamous former City Clerk of suburban Pleasant Hill, California, has made a sport of breaking rules and marching to her own drummer. So it’s no surprise her unprecedented job failure and wacky resignation letter made nationwide news.

While public attention to this story has focused largely on Lehmkuhl’s failures and Twitter antics, the enduring lessons of this story have nothing to do with her. Rather, City mismanagement of the problem offers an instructive case study in what-not-to-do when things go wrong. Continue reading “The Silver Lining of Pleasant Hill City Clerk Scandal”

  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  

Pleasant Hill City Clerk to resign

The City of Pleasant Hill will consider acceptance of the resignation of Kimberly Lehmkuhl, its City Clerk at tonite’s city council meeting, sources say.

Lehmkuhl had been widely criticized for not providing minutes of city council meetings and not fulfilling other duties of the office.

A vigorous recall effort had been launched.

The Pleasant Hill council is considering a move to place an measure on the November ballot to change the City Clerk position from an elected position to an appointed one.

  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  

Concord Council to consider appointing City Treasurer and Clerk

mary rae lehman, concord city clerkConcord City Council will consider two important items at its Monday meeting, April 1, no foolin!

Two staff reports will be considered; first, to move Concord Council meetings from Tuesday to Monday evenings. The second, would change from elective to appointed the offices of City Treasurer and City Clerk; currently held by Thomas J. Wentling and Mary Rae Lehman, respectively.

These items could be placed on the November ballot for a vote.

  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •