The position opened on Tuesday when longtime City Clerk Connie
Brockway officially stepped down because of a family illness. Since
Brockway's term won't officially expire until November, the council
chose to open the temporary spot to interested candidates.
Flynn, 51, who works as a senior administrative analyst in the
Public Works Department, will take over as city clerk on June 1.
The office of city clerk has been a longtime goal, Flynn said.
"With the skills that I have, it's the perfect match for me and I
see it as a place where I can make a difference," Flynn said. "My
management style is something that can blend and enhance that
Flynn describes herself as analytical, organized and a people
"My drive seems to be altruism, I just love to help people," she
said. "This will give me an opportunity to use the skills that I
have, which are organizational and management [skills.] I'm very
tenacious and also people-oriented. I have the ability for accuracy
and I'm also very ethical. It's a position that demands ethics and
Flynn was chosen over Deputy City Clerk Liz Ehring, who has taken
over Brockway's duties since the former city clerk retired.
The City Council has made a decision, Ehring said, and she will do
her best to help Flynn adapt to her new job.
"It's always the council's prerogative to make a decision and they
have decided that [Flynn] can do it," she said.
Ehring hasn't decided yet whether she will run for city clerk in
the November election.
Boardman went into Monday's interviews prepared to back a
candidate with city clerk experience, but was won over by Flynn, she
"Overall I was really impressed and it overcame my concern about
her not having experience in the city clerk's office," Boardman said.
"She knows what she doesn't know and she knows what she's going to
have to do to be an effective clerk during the campaign period I'm
confident that she has the intelligent and work ethic to learn what
she needs to learn to be a successful clerk."
Flynn said she will look to the experience of other employees in
the department to help bring her up to speed. She has also been in
contact with city clerks from other cities who are helping her
prepare for the job.
Mayor Cathy Green cast one of the two no votes for Flynn. Green's
main concern was timing, she said.
"I like Joan very much and I think she can do anything," Green
said. "But at this point, right now, we have to start getting ready
for the next election. We have the presidential election, three
people are running for City Council, the city clerk and the city
treasurer are running It's a lot. There's rules for everything. It's
not only public records, but it's the election laws, "
Still, like Boardman, Green has no doubt that Flynn can take on
the challenge in stride.
"I'm sure there will be some bumps in the road, but nothing Joan
can't handle," Boardman said.
* JENNY MARDER covers City Hall. She can be reached at (714)
965-7173 or by e-mail at email@example.com.