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Deputy City Clerk Gets A Promotion

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE December 22, 2003

Media Contact: Sal Torres, Mayor of Daly City

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Maria Cortes, City Clerk (650) 991-8078

DEPUTY CITY CLERK GETS A PROMOTION
Daly City Mayor Torres Swears In City Clerk Cortes

Daly City – Long-time Senior Deputy City Clerk Maria Cortes is Daly City’s new City Clerk. With Mayor Sal Torres administering the oath at City Hall this morning, Cortes officially replaces Helen Flowerday, who recently retired after a 30-year career with the City of Daly City.
“It’s an honor to be appointed City Clerk,” noted Cortes, a Daly City resident for 43 years. She acknowledged two retired City Clerks, Lorraine D’Elia, who initially hired her in 1988 as Typist Clerk II, and Flowerday, both of whom were present at the ceremony.

Having worked at the City Clerk’s office the past 15 years, Cortes is comfortable with her new position. “I have worked my way up learning all the different aspects and functions of the office, from copying and assembling City Council packets to conducting municipal elections and attending council meetings,” she stated.
“The Office of the City Clerk is the custodian of Daly City’s public records. We are often the central source of official documents for city officials, city staff, the media and the general public. As we have in the past, we will continue to provide this public service in the highest of standards,” Cortes commented.

Appointed last month by the city council to complete Flowerday’s remaining unexpired term, Cortes plans to run for a full term of the four-year elected position in November 2004.

Cortes was seven years old when her family moved to Daly City. She resides in the Serramonte neighborhood with her husband, Raul and three children, Annel, Raul Jr. and Elizabeth Cortes. She attended local schools, and graduated from Jefferson High School.