Tony Zidich ended his 42-year tenure as Daly City’s City Treasurer when he retired on February 28, 2014. At its regular meeting on March 10, the City Council appointed Daneca Halvorson to fill the vacancy created by Zidich’s departure. The term is set to expire in November 2016, coinciding with the next City Treasurer election. Halvorson has served as Deputy City Treasurer since December 2003 and has been employed in Daly City’s Finance Department since 2001.
The City Council honored Zidich with a resolution at its February 24 meeting, and commended him for his 42 years of public service. His legendary history of civic involvement in Daly City began in the 1960s when he served as a Recreation Commissioner. He was appointed City Treasurer on December 13, 1971 to fill the unexpired term of Joseph Lewkowitz. Zidich assumed office on January 3, 1972 and served continuously until his retirement on February 28, 2014 – marking the longest tenure of any Daly City elected official in the City’s 103-year history.
Halvorson is the second woman to serve as Daly City’s City Treasurer and the seventh City Treasurer overall since Daly City’s incorporation in 1911. Florence Stockton was the first woman City Treasurer, serving from 1936 to 1948. Halvorson started her employment with the City as an Account Clerk in 2001. She assumed the duties of Deputy City Treasurer in 2003 and was promoted to Payroll Supervisor in January 2014.
The City Council amended the Daly City Municipal Code at its February 10, 2014 regular meeting to clarify that the position of City Treasurer is not a full-time position and changed the nature of the compensation to a monthly stipend rather than a full salary. Daly City’s Finance Director handles the City’s day-to-day financial transactions and investments.