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City Attorney Ron Ball, who is retiring at the end of this year, swears in former City Clerk Lorraine Wood as the newest City Councilmember on Dec. 11. City Council is in the process of appointing a new city clerk and city attorney to take their places. Photo by Rachel Stine

City of Carlsbad looks to fill three open positions

CARLSBAD — With three city government positions open, City Council is receiving final applications for the city clerk position, nearing a decision on a new lead city attorney and will soon start the process of selecting a new city manager. 

Four candidates have applied for the clerk position so far, according to Assistant City Clerk Karen Kundtz. Lorraine Wood, who held the position for the past 12 years, has since joined the council.

On Dec. 11 Wood was sworn in as the new councilmember after running unopposed in this November’s election. Her city clerk term does not expire until December 2014 and an appointed clerk will serve until that time.

The city clerk is primarily responsible for preparing City Council agendas and minutes, maintaining city records, and providing information about City Council. The position is part-time, with a $1,070 per month compensation and a $200 monthly car allowance.

Applications will continue to be accepted through Jan. 2, and can be found on the city’s website at

Qualified candidates must be over 18 years old, be a Carlsbad resident and registered voter, as well as a certified municipal clerk, or have a college degree with more than two years of administration experience.

Applications will be made public before the subsequent City Council meeting on Jan. 8, where candidates will present their qualifications to the Council.

City Council is anticipated to announce their selection at the Jan. 29 meeting, according to the City’s Communications Manager Kristina Ray.

Carlsbad City Council is also in the process of selecting a new lead city attorney to replace Ron Ball, who is retiring Dec. 31 after serving for the past 26 years.

City Council is in the “final stages” of making their selection from the 28 candidates who applied, said Ray.

After a new city attorney has been appointed, City Council will then select a new city manager, said Ray. John Coates has been acting as Interim city manager since Lisa Hildabrand went on leave in October and officially retired on Dec. 24.