Santa Monica City Clerk Denise Anderson-Warren will retire at the end of the year, concluding 29 years of service with the city.
“Denise has expertly helmed the City Clerk’s office through some of its most challenging times, including transitioning City Council meetings to virtual meetings during the pandemic,” said Mayor Gleam Davis in a statement. “Throughout it all she has been a knowledgeable and dedicated leader, and her career with the City has been an impressive one. I will miss seeing her on the dais every other Tuesday, but I wish her all the best in her retirement.”
Anderson-Warren was first hired as a staff assistant for the City Clerk's Office. She was eventually promoted to Deputy City Clerk, Records Management Coordinator, Support Services liaison, Administrative Analyst, Records and Election Services Manager, and Assistant City Clerk. She assumed the title of City Clerk in 2017.
In a press release, Santa Monica credited Anderson-Warren with spearheading the city’s participation as a U.S. Passport Acceptance Agency, bringing additional revenue to the city during a time of budgetary constraints; overseeing new standardization of rules and procedures for boards, commissions, and task forces; facilitating City Council electronic voting system upgrades; launching a Civility Program for public meetings; overseeing the rollout of the lobbyist registration ordinance; and increasing voter registration through a series of initiatives.
“In my nearly three decades here, I’ve had the opportunity to work with so many staff, Council, and community members, and I’ve seen firsthand how much people care for our City and what a special place this is,” said Anderson-Warren, who will remain on board while the council searches for a replacement. “It has been an honor to spend my career serving the City of Santa Monica, and I’m proud of the work we’ve been able to accomplish.”
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