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Mountain View City Council expected to appoint new city clerk with $175k salary

Original post made on Mar 9, 2021

After a monthslong search, Mountain View City Council members are expected Tuesday to hire Heather Glaser to be the new city clerk. She begins the new job on April 19 with a starting salary of $175,000.

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Posted by Bernie Brightman
a resident of Whisman Station
on Mar 9, 2021 at 10:29 pm

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And people wonder why the property tax in Mountain View is higher than the rest of the county.


Posted by Jennifer
a resident of Rengstorff Park
on Mar 10, 2021 at 12:36 am

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Ok... I don’t know much about the responsibility of a city clerk. But 15 years experience on a role which entry level salary is only 25k, $175k before benefits and other compensation seems way too high for what’s worth. I am open to hear the other side of the argument.

Also, I used salary.com index. With 15 years experience, the average city clerk earns $62k. So how to explain the whooping 3times of salary difference?

Don’t we (City of Mountain View) have a salary range of position based on experience? Seems like no one is monitoring this. Again, open to any input.


Posted by Steven Nelson
a resident of Cuesta Park
on Mar 10, 2021 at 11:19 am

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This salary (with the extra benefit of public pension) is in line with similar experienced professionals Like Public School Principals. To me, it is more interesting how/if the employee housing programs stays solvent (or expense/income neutral).


Posted by Steven Nelson
a resident of Cuesta Park
on Mar 11, 2021 at 11:28 am

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@Jennifer - a "City Clerk" is responsible for making sure many of the legal records-keeping functions of the City work properly. Many of us Politicos use the Public Records Act to get obscure public documents / a "City Clerk" office runs that (or publicly posting beforehand - so you don't need a 'special ask'). Many of us expect the City Council to run their meetings in (strict) compliance with the Open&Public Brown Act. Things like very understandable Agendas (and Votes properly recorded). The City Clerks office (it is a management position) makes sure all that happens properly.

A CIty Clerk needs professional training - not all this (legalistic) stuff has to be done by a city lawyer (who gets paid much more). A City Clerk doing the job right, means the city lawyers and Council have less work, "cleaning up" things!


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