City of Redwood City logoMelissa Stevenson Diaz announced the appointment of Yessika Castro as the new City Clerk, following an open and competitive process that saw her rise to the top. The City Clerk role is a pivotal position for the City, serving as the elections official, providing access to public records, and extending support to the City Council, as well as serving as a member of the City’s Executive Team.

“Following her outstanding service as Assistant and Interim City Clerk, I am very pleased to announce Yessika Castro will be Redwood City’s next City Clerk,” said City Manager Melissa Stevenson Diaz. “Yessika has an exceptional professional background and is already effectively serving the City Council, the City organization, and the community. She brings a deep service orientation and a highly collaborative spirit that complements our organizational focus on excellence.”

Castro succeeds former Redwood City City Clerk Pamela Aguilar who retired in June 2023. Castro has served as Interim City Clerk during the transition. She brings over 15 years of experience in local government, including her prior positions as Interim City Clerk and Assistant City Clerk for Redwood City and Deputy City Clerk for Fairfield. In these roles, she has consistently demonstrated the ability to handle various responsibilities, including preparing agenda packets, managing records, supporting elections, and implementing departmental projects. She is highly knowledgeable of state, federal and local statutes, such as the Government Code, Elections Code, Brown Act, Political Reform Act, and the Public Records Act. She holds several professional certifications, including Certified Municipal Clerk (CMC) and California Professional Municipal Clerk (CPMC), and has a Bachelor of Science degree in Community and Regional Development from the University of California, Davis.

“In having the privilege to serve as Redwood City’s Interim City Clerk over the past several months, I’ve grown extremely passionate about cultivating positive working relationships with all city departments, motivating and empowering department staff, and bridging the gap between government and the community,” Castro said. “I look forward to continuing to serve the City of Redwood City.”

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