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.

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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”

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Pleasant Hill City Clerk Kimberly Lehmkuhl fails legal duties

Kimberly-LehmkuhlPleasant Hill residents owe a debt of gratitude to Councilmember David Durant for taking the initiative to address a longstanding performance problem with the city’s elected City Clerk, Kimberly Lehmkuhl. For over a year the Council, staff and public have been unable to reference or track city legislative history because Kimberly Lehmkuhl has failed to produce any Council meeting minutes, as is her legal duty. Continue reading “Pleasant Hill City Clerk Kimberly Lehmkuhl fails legal duties”

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CC Times Blasts Pleasant Hill Mayor rotation fiasco

pleasant hill mayor rotation fiascoIn a refreshingly candid commentary, the Contra Costa Times editorial board blasted Pleasant Hill Councilmembers Michael Harris, Tim Flaherty and Ken Carlson for their move last month to bypass fellow Councilmember Jack Weir in the traditional Pleasant Hill Mayor rotation. Continue reading “CC Times Blasts Pleasant Hill Mayor rotation fiasco”

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