In an unusual move, Councilwoman Barbara Culver will resign from the City Council seat she has held for seven years to become city clerk at an annual salary of $28,700. The job shift will occur in mid-June. The council has not decided what to do about the vacancy, which could be filled by appointment, special election or at the next scheduled election in April, 1988.
Culver, 49, has worked for 1 1/2 years as community relations representative at the Courtyard mall, a post she will resign on June 12. She declined to disclose her salary. Council members in Palos Verdes Estates are unsalaried.
City Manager Gordon Siebert said Culver was one of about 50 applicants for the job and that after screening, testing and interviews by a personnel consultant and technical panel, she was one of three candidates recommended to the council. One candidate, a senior administrative assistant at another city, was offered the job but turned it down because of financial considerations, Siebert said. Culver then was offered it and accepted.
Richard Carpenter, employee relations counsel with the League of California Cities, said a switch from elected to staff job in the same city is unusual but not unprecedented. He recalled that a Berkeley mayor once resigned to become city manager there.