Former Los Altos employee returns to old stomping grounds as city clerk

After 26 years away, a former secretary for the city’s planning division returns to Los Altos in her new role as city clerk. 

Andrea Chelemengos will again serve in city hall after working with the planning department from 1989 to 1994. She succeeds Dennis Hawkins, who resigned in March after six months on the job.

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The city of Los Altos recently hired Andrea Chelemengos as city clerk. She worked for the city’s planning department from 1989 to 1994.

Chelemengos served as city clerk for the city of Monte Sereno before returning to Los Altos. For five of those 26 years, she worked concurrently as an assistant city planner. Her duties included coordination of the citywide resident picnic and staff liaison for Monte Sereno’s Youth Commission.

Prior to Monte Sereno, Chelemengos’ LinkedIn profile shows she was a clerk with the city of Saratoga in 1992-1994.

“After all these years, I’m grateful for the opportunity to serve the Los Altos community again,” she said in a May 11 press release announcing her hiring. “Having spent my professional career in a small town, I intend to preserve the unique level of camaraderie amongst residents while facilitating transparency through proper maintenance of city records.”

Los Altos officials said Chelemengos earned her master municipal clerks certification as an employee in Monte Sereno, which gave her the “complex training and expertise” necessary to work in the city clerk capacity. Chelemengos will use those skills in the city manager’s office, where she will attend Los Altos City Council meetings to record council actions. Her duties include recording meeting minutes and retaining other legal and historical records.

Chelemengos also will work with the city’s commissions and oversee the recruitment process for members.

Chelemengos was introduced at the May 12 city council meeting.

“The city of Los Altos couldn’t be more thrilled to welcome back such an accomplished leader,” said Sonia Lee, the city’s public information officer, in the release.

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