The City of Burnaby has named Blanka Zeinabova its new city clerk after the position opened up earlier this year.
Kate O’Connell resigned as city clerk in the summer, leaving for a job on Vancouver Island, and Zeinabova took on the role as the interim city clerk. According to a report to city council, Zeinabova was first hired by the city in 2001 and has been the deputy city clerk since April 2017.
“She has proven to be very capable in this role as deputy, and she was considered the preferred applicant through the recent search for a new city clerk,” Dipak Dattani, director of corporate services, wrote in the report to council.
Zeinabova was appointed to the role in closed council meeting on Nov. 9, with the appointment effective as of Nov. 24. On Monday, Nov. 23, council is set to give Zeinabova signing authority on behalf of the city.
The office of the city clerk is responsible for a variety of administrative functions, including municipal elections, council and committee meetings, public hearings, petition processes, freedom of information requests and others.