Mercedes Martin | Retired City Clerk
|Connie Smith-Ball. Photo Mercedes Martin.
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Deputy City Clerk Connie Smith-Ball will retire on May 2nd after 25 years with the City. After working with Connie for so many years, I wanted to share her story with Del Mar.
Connie began her career with the City in 1991. In 1992 she was named Deputy City Clerk, and in 1999 she was awarded the Certified Municipal Clerk designation from the International Institute of City Clerks.
MM: What is the major responsibility of a Deputy City Clerk?
CSB: To act as the City Clerk in his/her absence, first and foremost. A Deputy City Clerk has a very important support role related to the official business of the City Council, its Boards, Commissions and Committees. It includes compiling the City Council agenda packets, preparing the minutes, ensuring Brown Act and Fair Political Practices Commission compliance, processing agreements, recording official documents, handling legal advertising, conducting municipal elections, and providing information to the public.
MM: What is your favorite thing about Del Mar?
CSB: The residents, the beach, Board & Brew, and the “unique” questions from people – like, “where do people go when they die in Del Mar?” Answer: “Heaven, of course.”
MM: What do you want to do once you retire?
CSB: I want to make memories with my three grandkids. They’re all under the age of 3 1/2 so their attention span is short but their ability to learn and enjoy new experiences with their Grandma is limitless. I definitely plan to concentrate on improving my health. I want to spend more time on our sailboat, ocean kayaking, and taking some self-enrichment classes. I am really looking forward to travel, both internationally and RVing across the U.S. I would also like to find time to volunteer occasionally, hopefully in Del Mar.
MM: In reflecting on your career with the City, what are you most proud of?
CSB: That I was part of a very dedicated team that took great pride in serving the community. Maintaining a neutral position is one of a City Clerk’s most respected qualities and key to successfully serving the needs of the public. I believe our department has earned an excellent reputation for providing a positive environment for our residents to obtain the information they need, when they need it.
MM: Tell me a little about your family.
CSB: Not many people know that I have a fraternal twin. I also have an older sister and brother; my brother, passed away last May, and sadly, my parents have been gone for more than a decade. I’ve been married to Ron Ball since 2010 and we have four grown children from our previous marriages and three grandchildren.
MM: What is your most prized possession?
CSB: My personal relationships with my friends and family, and good health and happiness are always precious.
MM: What do you anticipate that you’ll miss most about the City?
CSB: I will miss my coworkers, the continuity of a routine (for a day or two) and the relationships that I have had with many residents.
MM: What do you want to do on your first day of retirement?
CSB: Go for an early morning walk on the Carlsbad beach with my husband, have a relaxing breakfast (maybe with a little champagne), go for a sail, or paddle around in our kayak. Later I would like to have a nice dinner cooked by my husband one last time before he realizes that he doesn’t have to always cook dinner now that we are BOTH retired.
MM: Any words you would like to add?
CSB: Thanks for the memories!