The Santa Ana City Council has appointed a new City Clerk who will serve as the official record-keeper and elections official for the City of Santa Ana.
On Tuesday, Feb. 7, the City Council unanimously authorized an agreement with Jennifer L. Hall to serve in the position beginning on Feb. 27. Under the City Charter, the City Clerk position is one of three directly appointed by the City Council, along with City Manager and City Attorney. Ms. Hall has served the City of Anaheim as Assistant City Clerk since September 2019.
“The position of City Clerk is essential to a functional and transparent municipal government,” Mayor Valerie Amezcua said. “On behalf of the entire City Council, I’m grateful to have someone of Ms. Hall’s caliber and experience join the City of Santa Ana. I’m certain that the level of service she will provide will greatly benefit our community.”
In her role, Ms. Hall will be responsible for the care of official records and documents, including meeting agendas and minutes, resolutions, and ordinances; providing and maintaining legal and historical records and information; conducting municipal elections; overseeing the City Council redistricting process; coordinating the boards, commissions, and committees’ recruitment process; administering the records retention and destruction policy; receiving official filings from elected and appointed officials and political campaigns; and ensuring compliance with the Brown Act and Political Reform Act in accordance with applicable federal, state and local laws. She will be assisted by support staff in the City Clerk’s Office located at Santa Ana City Hall.
“I am honored and excited for this opportunity to serve the City of Santa Ana,” Ms. Hall said. “I look forward to connecting residents to their City government through transparency measures, access to records, participation in public meetings, and the democratic process of elections.”
Ms. Hall has over 14 years of municipal government experience in the areas of records management, council support and elections. Prior to serving as Assistant City Clerk for the City of Anaheim, she held the positions of records and information manager in that city’s Office of the City Clerk and management assistant in the Public Utilities Department.
Before joining municipal government, Ms. Hall worked as a collections manager for the National Park Service, helping to preserve the history of the United States through its built environment, such as historic bridges and structures. She also served in the position of presidential detail/gift analyst at the White House in the Executive Office of the President, where her work included receiving and cataloguing gifts received by the First Family and processing requests for presidential messages.
Ms. Hall received her bachelor’s degree in history with a minor in Spanish from UC Irvine and her master’s in historic preservation from the University of Pennsylvania.