Walter Mencken 9:52 a.m., Aug. 1
New Port Clerk Pledges Open Public Records Policy
Timothy Deuel, regarded by many as one of the most professional and helpful public records managers in San Diego, has been sworn in as District Clerk for the Port of San Diego by his father, Rodney Deuel, of Phoenix.
“It’s all about transparency,” Deuel said in a news release issued by the Port earlier this month.
"Deuel said he plans to work toward linking all documents, whether legal documents or project documents, about a specific subject, from the start of a project to Board of Port Commissioner votes.
"'My goal is to make this information accessible to port staff and the public in the easiest possible way,” said Deuel.
"He said he would like the public to be able to go to the port’s Web site, find a published library of linked documents and be able to research a topic without having to submit a California Public Records Act request.
"Under this act, the Office of the District Clerk answers requests from the media and the public.
"Toward this goal, Deuel said he welcomes 'input from every corner.'
"Deuel earned an associates degree in computer and information systems from San Diego City College and began his career at the port as a records assistant in the Office of the District Clerk.
"To stay current and be recognized as an expert in his field," the release adds, "Deuel plans to work toward designation as a Certified Municipal Clerk from the International Institute of Municipal Clerks."
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