Elected City Clerk
Lindsay Lara joined the San Rafael City Clerk’s Office in May 2014, was appointed City Clerk in 2018 and was elected by the voters of San Rafael in 2020. She is a dedicated public servant, with over 16 years of experience in the public sector. She received here Certified Municipal Clerk designation from the International Institute of Municipal Clerks, and her California Professional Municipal Clerk designation from the University of California, Riverside University Extension. Lindsay is a Marin native, and lives in the Terra Linda neighborhood.
Prior to joining the City of San Rafael team, Lindsay began her career in public service at the age of 17, working at the Marin County Superior Court where she focused much of her time and attention to records management, public records requests, and applying CA Government Code to her daily work.
Since joining the City Clerk’s office, Lindsay has sought out opportunities to improve the City’s service delivery. She served as a project manager to implement new software to streamline the Conflict of Interest statement filing process, she was responsible for implementing software to allow for online submissions for board and commission applications, creating easier access for residents to serve their community. She implemented a document management system that allows staff and the public to easily find the history of our legislative action, as well as provide our community with the ability to review all records online. She also served on a cross-departmental team that built a new City website, playing an integral role in not just improving the City Clerk’s webpages but for the overall organization.
Most recently, when COVID-19 hit and everyone was faced with shutdowns, Lindsay brought our City Council meetings completely digital, utilizing Zoom and YouTube, and made sure to provide the community with every opportunity to provide public comment to the City Council, despite not being able to do so in-person. Once everything opened back up, she and her team worked to implement hybrid City Council meetings to allow the community to choose whether they’d like to provide comment in-person, or stay home and comment virtually in real time.
Lindsay brings enthusiasm and dedication to everything that she does. Some of the goals she intends to achieve as City Clerk include increasing civic participation and diversity on our boards, commissions and the City Council.