City Clerk Recognized for 35 Years of Service
Laguna Beach Mayor Kelly Boyd presented City Clerk Lisette Chel-Walker with a certificate of recognition for 35 years of service with the City at the Sept. 25 City Council meeting. Hired in September of 1983 as a records clerk in the Laguna Beach Police Department, Chel-Walker was later promoted to data control clerk and then to computer operator in 1988. In July of 2008, she was promoted to deputy city clerk and elected as Laguna Beach city clerk in December of 2012.
“She has been the city clerk for six years and is an absolute joy to work with,” said Laguna Beach city manager John Pietig.
As city clerk, she is authorized to marry couples and since January of 2015 has conducted 238 marriages. She lives in Laguna Beach with her husband Curtis and has a daughter Marlise who is currently teaching English as a second language in Thailand. Lisette is an avid concertgoer and has been seen hanging out with Elton John by his piano.
Former Lifeguard Leaves $30,000 to Marine Safety Department in Trust
A donation of $30,000 by the trust of former lifeguard and resident Paul Golfos was accepted by the City Council at the Sept. 25 meeting.
Golfos died at the age of 76 on March 16. He was a former lifeguard credited, along with others for starting the Laguna Beach Junior Lifeguard Program. Golfos intended his donation to support the Lifeguard and Junior Lifeguard programs to continue for many years. Golfos loved lifeguarding and living in Laguna Beach, and returned to live in Laguna many times over the course of his life. On Sunday, Sept. 23 his ashes were symbolically scattered during a “rock swim” near the city’s first lifeguard tower.
“I knew Paul for many years, he was a great guy,” said Laguna Beach Mayor Kelly Boyd. “We really appreciate what he has done for the city and God bless him.”
Councilmembers also thanked and accepted a recent donation from resident Don Crevier to store Laguna’s antique 1931 Seagrave Fire Engine, which is not in service but typically used in the Patriot’s Day Parade each year. Crevier donated garage space to Laguna Beach to help preserve, protect and permanently store the engine. Crevier is the president of Crevier Classic Cars in Costa Mesa.
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