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County supervisors to consider clerk-recorder applicants

Board looking to whittle down list of 22 to select few for interview stage

The Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday is scheduled 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 to fill the post include acting clerk-recorder Deborah Cooper (who lives in Danville); former 16th District assemblywoman Catharine Baker (who lives out of the county, in Dublin); 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 Simonson; 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, a CPA and 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 except Baker are Contra Costa County residents -- though Baker would have to relocate if selected as the chosen candidate must live in the county upon appointment, by law.

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

Tuesday's Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors meeting begins at 9:30 a.m. in the supervisors' meeting chambers at 651 Pine St. in downtown Martinez.

— Bay City News Service

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