Clearlake, CA – January 7, 2020
The City of Clearlake sadly announces the passing of former city clerk, Sharon Goode on January 1, 2020. Sharon was hired as an office assistant in 1982, shortly after the city’s incorporation. Sharon was elected to the city clerk position in 1986, having served in an appointed role for two years after the retirement of the first city clerk. Always diligent in her duties, Sharon was awarded the City Clerk Association of California’s Award of Distinction for Lifetime Achievement in 2004. In addition to serving in an elected capacity, Sharon advanced in her career from office assistant, ultimately serving as assistant city administrator. After leaving Clearlake in 2006, Sharon retired two years later to Redmond, Oregon to be closer to her family and crafted children’s clothing as a home business.
Mayor Russell Cremer stated, “We are saddened by the passing of a founding pillar of our city government. Sharon was a valuable staff member whose guidance led the City for twenty-four years.”
Administrative Services Director/City Clerk Melissa Swanson stated, “Sharon’s guidance and leadership was an inspiration to me when I took over city clerk duties from her fourteen years ago. Her contributions to the city cannot be easily measured and her legacy will live on in the history of Clearlake. The City sends its condolences to her family in this difficult time.”