Lisa Middleton and Christy Holstege won’t be the only new faces joining the leadership team of Palm Springs City Hall in December.
The pair will take seats in the City Council Chambers and a new face will be in the City Clerk’s chair.
Anthony Mejia, the current Chief City Clerk for South Pasadena, will become Palm Springs’ next City Clerk.
He replaces Kathie Hart, who is retiring. She has been serving as interim City Clerk since December 2016 when Jay Thompson retired, said Amy Blaisdell, communications director.
“Anthony has a wealth of experience as a City Clerk in California and a deep understanding of the rules and regulations that govern municipalities and the importance of open and transparent government,” City Manager David Ready said in a news release. “There is no doubt his expertise will be a tremendous asset for Palm Springs local government. We are delighted to welcome him to the executive management team at City Hall.”
Mejia will begin his new position in Palm Springs on Monday, Dec. 4.
“Becoming City Clerk in Palm Springs is a professional dream come true,” Mejia said in a prepared statement. “I look forward to my new position and I am honored to carry out my duties as the next Palm Springs City Clerk.”
Mejia has more than 13 years of experience in local government. In 2010, he earned his Certified Municipal Clerk designation by the International Institute of Municipal Clerks and in 2014 was certified as a Master Municipal Clerk. He is also a graduate of the Continuing Education for Public Officials and Technical Training for Clerks.
Mejia currently serves on the City Clerks Association of California and is the organization’s Athenian Leadership Coordinator and a member of the Education Committee. He also serves as mentor to new City Clerk professionals. He has provided training on the Public Records Act, Ralph M. Brown Act, increasing diversity on Boards and Commissions, and implementation of SB 415 regarding election year cycles.
Prior to South Pasadena, Mejia served as City Clerk in San Luis Obispo and Pomona. He also served as Deputy City Clerk in the cities of San Clemente and Riverside.