The City of Poway is proud to announce the appointment of Carrie Gallagher to the position of city clerk.
“Carrie comes to us with extensive city clerk knowledge and experience,” said Poway City Manager Chris Hazeltine. “She will hit the ground running and be an immediate asset to our operation.”
Gallagher returns to Poway after serving as the interim city clerk last year. Vaida Pavolas was named to the position in September 2020 but left in June when her family made the decision to relocate.
Gallagher holds both a California Clerk and a Municipal Clerk Certification (CMC) with 11 years of experience. She began her career in the public sector in 2010 as a contractor for a city clerk staffing agency where she quickly found her calling. After completing her first stand-alone municipal election, she was hooked. Gallagher has held both deputy city clerk and assistant city clerk positions prior to her first appointed city clerk role.
“I am honored to have been selected to serve as the next city clerk for the City of Poway,” Gallagher said. “I look forward to serving our residents for many years to come by providing high levels of transparency and professionalism.”
The city clerk provides the link between citizens and government by coordinating the legislative process, administering city elections and ensuring that public records are preserved, archived and accessible to the public. The clerk also acts as a compliance officer for federal, state and local statutes, including the Political Reform Act, the Brown Act and the Public Records Act.