Arroyo Grande residents to vote on how two city officials are selected

Arroyo Grande voters will on Nov. 2 consider two measures asking whether the city clerk and city treasurer should be appointed positions rather than elected.

The positions, which have been elected since the city’s incorporation in 1911, have evolved and become more technical over time, according to City Manager Steve Adams. The purpose of the change is to ensure that the positions are filled by qualified people, Adams said.

The Arroyo Grande City Council on Tuesday voted to place the measures on the November ballot.

Currently, the only qualifications needed to become the city clerk or treasurer is to be at least 18 years old and a registered voter living in the city.

The county’s grand jury in a report this year analyzed the appropriateness of electing versus appointing city clerks and treasurers.

It recommended that Arroyo Grande, along with Paso Robles and Atascadero, should persuade voters to make the city treasurer an appointed position — though voters in the past have rejected such a step.

Doing so may improve efficiency and, in the case of city treasurers, clarify oversight responsibilities, the report found.