City clerk won’t seek re-election |

City clerk won’t seek re-election

Susan Wood, Tahoe Daily Tribune

In a symbolic passing of the torch in South Lake Tahoe, City Clerk Angie Peterson will forgo seeking re-election.

Peterson, who’s served in the elected post for three terms, will instead throw her support behind Susan Alessi, the assistant city clerk.

Alessi is the only known candidate who has shared her intention to run Nov. 5.

Peterson said she views Alessi’s taking control of the position as a “seamless transition for the community because of her experience and training.”

Alessi has worked for the city for 16 years. For all but four years, she’s served as assistant city clerk, receiving municipal clerk certification and membership into the master clerk’s academy for continuing education along with Peterson.

“She is the most qualified candidate for the position of city clerk for the city of South Lake Tahoe. I am very confident that she will do an excellent job for the city and the public,” Peterson said. “I am very comfortable leaving the city position in Susie’s hands.”

Peterson said she was leaving for personal reasons.

The changing of the guard will be scheduled for January.

Meanwhile, Peterson said she’s unsure how much of the year she will stay in South Lake Tahoe. She anticipates the South Shore town will still represent her primary residence, but she may relinquish winters in Tahoe.

“I’m wide open to opportunities,” Peterson said.

The mother of two started working for the city in 1979 and landed a permanent position four years later.

Peterson said she’s proud of the accomplishments the city clerk’s office has made for South Lake Tahoe, including a Web-page upgrade that places more of the city’s records on line.

Alessi, another mother of two daughters and owner of a chocolate Labrador retriever, said she’s looking forward to the opportunity of representing the city if she’s elected.

She believes Peterson has set a clear path to follow, but her departure represents a slightly bittersweet time for two public servants who have worked so closely together.

“Angie has been a wonderful mentor, best friend and sister to me,” Alessi said.

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