Meet Cheryl Morse, City Clerk

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Cheryl Morse has over 20 years of experience working in local government.  She was appointed as City Clerk for the City of El Cerrito in December 2006. Prior to coming to El Cerrito, she served as Assistant City Clerk for the City of Berkeley for over nine years. Cheryl’s duties over the years included:  1) Implementation and oversight of a citywide records management program including an in-house Records Center containing over 11,000 boxes of records; 2) Administration of the commission and committee process for 43 advisory bodies, including appointments, training and resource tools; 3) Administration of FPPC disclosure statements; 4) Promoting and assisting with the development of various open government initiatives; 5) Drafting, reviewing and codification of resolutions, ordinances and policy documents; 6) Creation and maintenance of databases and other automation efforts;  7) Assisting with administration of elections; and 8) Supervising as many as 12 full time employees.  Prior to her tenure at Berkeley she worked as a Senior Paralegal/Litigation Case Manager for a mid-size San Francisco law firm specializing in complex environmental and superfund litigation.

In El Cerrito, Cheryl has worked to improve transparency and public access to City Council meeting information by posting City Council agendas, staff reports and meeting minutes to the City’s website and has implemented live webcast of city council meetings that are also archived to the City’s website for public review 24/7.  Cheryl has also undertaken initiatives to track and preserve the city’s legislative history more efficiently.  In 2010 all minutes, resolutions and ordinances of the City Council were scanned into an electronic document repository to preserve a vital records copy of each document and to enhance indexing, search, retrieval and research of the City’s legislation from 1917 forward.  Passport Services and an information portal at City Hall were established in 2011. Cheryl is a member of the City Clerks Association of California (CCAC), having served several years on the Association’s statewide Legislative Committee, International Institute of Municipal Clerks (IIMC), Association of Records Managers and Administrators (ARMA), International Association of Imaging and Information Management Professionals (AIIM), served on the League of California Cities Environmental Quality Policy Committee for two years and has also served as judge for the prestigious Helen Putnam Awards.

Cheryl graduated from the University of California at Berkeley with honors and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Conservation and Resource Studies with an emphasis on Environmental Law and Policy.  In addition, she received certification as a Paralegal from a rigorous American Bar Association approved program through Saint Mary’s College in Moraga, obtained IIMC Municipal Clerk certification in 2003, Master Municipal Clerk certification in 2014, became an IIMC Athenian Leadership Society Fellow in 2014 and has earned other industry recognized records management certifications.  In 2009 she received a Certificate of Recognition from the City Clerks Association of California for professional achievements and outstanding service in the areas of Organization, Administration, Communications and Records Management and was recently recognized by the Contra Costa County Registrar of Voters for her work in the Vote-N-Go and Regional Early Voting programs during the 2016 general election.