Eduardo “Eddie” Sarmiento, who has been serving as Lynwood’s Deputy City Clerk, later this week will become Hermosa Beach’s first City Clerk appointed under Ballot Measure CC, the city of Hermosa Beach announced Monday.
Hermosa Beach voters approved Ballot Measure CC on Nov. 5, making the position an appointed, rather than elected position, after former City Clerk Elaine Doerfling announced her retirement in 2019. Doerfling had served as City Clerk for 29 years. Because of the evolving nature of federal, state and local requirements and increasing complexities within the field of City Clerkship, most cities like Hermosa Beach have opted to appoint a certified professional to serve as City Clerk rather than elect one.
City Manager Suja Lowenthal said in a statement that Sarmiento’s experience in the City Clerk’s Office made him the clear choice to be appointed. His appointment takes effect Thursday.
“First, I want to thank Ann Yang, Executive Assistant to the Office of City Manager, who has been temporarily serving as City Clerk while also performing all her other tasks,” Lowenthal said. “I’m very pleased to have Eduardo join the City’s team. While working in the Lynwood City Clerk’s Office, he gained the experience and skills needed to meet today’s demands for a City Clerk and the growing complexities of that role in digital era.”
As City Clerk of Hermosa Beach, Sarmiento will also be responsible for managing complex public records, conducting municipal elections, responding to public records requests, updating City ordinances as needed, recording Hermosa Beach City Council proceedings, administering oaths of office, filing and maintaining Fair Political Practices Commission reports, accepting applications for City commissions and boards and receiving claims and personnel complaints.
“I’m looking forward to these challenges and feel well-prepared to manage the Hermosa Beach City Clerk’s Office,” Sarmiento said.
Sarmiento joined the City Clerk’s staff in Lynwood, a city of 70,000, as the Assistant to the City Clerk in 2018 and rose to the position of Deputy City Clerk last year. Previously, he served as a community outreach manager, office assistant and campus supervisor for the Aspire Charter School from 2012-2018.
Sarmiento, who grew up in the City of Commerce, is married and he and his wife, Katheryne, live in Long Beach with their 16-month-old son, Mateo.