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Los Altos hires South Bay city clerk

The city of Los Altos hired a new city clerk to fill the vacancy created nearly six months after former clerk Sarah Henricks’ quiet departure.

Dennis Hawkins
Hawkins

Not even the Environmental Commission, previously overseen by Henricks in a staff liaison role, was informed of her March exit, Commissioner Don Bray said at a joint meeting with the city council in May. Staff present in the audience at that meeting did not respond to the statement.

A press release distributed by city spokeswoman Erica Ray said Dennis Hawkins joined the city staff Sept. 3, relieving deputy city manager Jon Maginot of the additional duties he took on after Henricks’ departure.

However, in all previous documentation from the city, Maginot is referred to as the city clerk. His LinkedIn profile shows his title has been “City Clerk/Assistant to the City Manager” since August 2012. Ray clarified in an email to the Town Crier that Maginot “was reclassified fairly recently.”

Hawkins should be familiar with the tasks assigned to the city clerk – such as facilitating the conduct of the city council and meeting legal mandates outlined in the city’s municipal code and California state law – as he spent two of his 19 years with the city of San Jose in the clerk position. Hawkins also worked for seven years as administrative services manager in the County of Santa Clara’s Office of the County Counsel.

Beyond his roles in local government, Hawkins served as an elected official on the Oak Grove School District Board of Trustees for more than 20 years. He and his wife, Marie, live in San Jose.

“I’m excited to join the city of Los Altos,” Hawkins said in the city’s statement. “I look forward to providing excellent service and support to the city council, residents of the community and the team of talented professionals led by City Manager Chris Jordan.”

City officials said in the release that they “couldn’t be more excited to welcome such an accomplished administrator to the team.”

Hawkins was introduced to constituents at Tuesday’s regular council meeting.

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