The county has announced the retirement of Clerk of the Board of Supervisor Laura Welch who has served in her capacity for nearly ten years. Welch’s retirement was effective almost immediately, after more than 31 years of service to the county and its residents, her final day on the job was August 2. Welch was honored by the Board of Supervisors during its July 23 meeting. She received the County Public Service Recognition Award for Excellence in 1994 and 2007 and served as president of the California Clerk of the Board of Supervisors Association in 2014. Welch was instrumental in the implementation of multiple computer systems within the clerk’s office, including the prior agenda management system, the county’s meeting streaming system; and most recently, the new electronic agenda management system, which streamlined the board agenda item submission and approval process. Prior to her service with the county, Welch served in the U.S. Army where she rose to the rank of sergeant. Welch is being replaced by the 23-year county employee who has served as the Chief Deputy Clerk of the Board since 2010, Lynna Monell. Monell was officially appointed by the Board of Supervisors to succeed Welch. As Clerk of the Board (COB) Monell assumes responsibility for 13 staff positions and an annual budget of $2.2. million. Monell will also be responsible for preparing and maintaining records of actions taken by the Board of Supervisors, overseeing membership of the county’s boards, commissions and committees, the licenses businesses operating in the county’s unincorporated areas, and also facilitating the filing and hearing of appeals related to assessed property valuations. Monell holds a master’s degree in public administartion, organizational leadership from National University and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Cal State San Bernardino. She is a member of the California Clerk of the Board of Supervisors Association and the California Association of Clerks and Elections Officials. She has been with the Clerk of the Board’s office since 2006.
Header Photo: Laura Welch and Lynna Monell