City Secretary Armando Chapa announced his retirement on Aug. 1. Chapa was appointed City Secretary in February 1985. He has 35 years of service with the City. Prior to his appointment, Chapa was the City Director of employment and training programs.

The City Secretary is a City Charter Officer appointed by the City Council whose chief duties include providing council meeting and parliamentary support, managing the City’s records, conducting City elections, overseeing the City’s board and commission appointment process and complying with Open Meetings and Open Records requirements. He also sits as secretary to the various City Council Corporations.

Chapa, who has served with seven mayors and 48 council members, helped modernize the City Secretary’s office by automating the agenda and minute preparation process and moving its records retrieval and research system from manual indexing and hard copies into the digital era. During his tenure, he successfully conducted more than 30 city elections.

Chapa states, “I have been blessed with a great career that has given me an opportunity to serve a City I love and to work alongside many dedicated and hardworking elected officials and staff. Whatever success I have enjoyed throughout these years, I owe to a great family and staff support system. I will miss the job and I will miss the people who have been a major part of my life but it is time to move on. I look forward to spending more time with my family.”

Mayor Nelda Martinez says, “Mr. Chapa’s love for our city is reflected through his loyal dedication, professional expertise and outstanding leadership as our city secretary. He set an example of excellent public service for 35 years and has left his indelible mark on our great city. I and many people will miss Armando, my good friend and colleague. We wish him Godspeed and much happiness in his well-deserved retirement.”

Chapa’s effective date of retirement is Jan. 3, 2014.