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Longtime Arcadia City Clerk Gene Glasco retires

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Arcadia City Clerk Gene Glasco has retired after 12 years of service. 

The April 16 City Council meeting was his last day officially holding the city clerk position. City officials, colleagues and family members attended the meeting to celebrate Glasco’s tenure as clerk and his accomplishments in the community. 

“It has been a distinct pleasure serving in my capacity as elected City Clerk for the City of Arcadia, and I encourage anyone to volunteer their time,” Glasco said in a statement. “If they can volunteer to serve the City, I promise it will be an enriching experience like the one I have experienced.”

Glasco’s connection to Arcadia spans nearly 70 years. 

In addition to his three terms as city clerk, Glasco has also chaired the Arcadia Senior Citizens’ Commission and served as president of the Arcadia Historical Society, vice president of the Arcadia Highlands Homeowners Association and a volunteer in patrol with the Arcadia Police Department. 

Officials said Glasco was the driving force for creating the Arcadia Vietnam War Monument that was unveiled in May 2016 at Arcadia County Park.

“Gene’s efforts over the years will always remain an integral part of his legacy,” Mayor April Verlato said in a statement. “We’ve been so fortunate to have a dedicated public servant for so long and the City Council extends its deepest gratitude for Gene’s unwavering service to Arcadia.”

Glasco’s community service garnered recognition from local elected officials. In 2017 Rep. Judy Chu, D-Arcadia, named him community activist of the year, and former Assemblyman Ed Chau gave Glasco a Make A Difference Award. Glasco also was named 2017-18 citizen of the year by the Arcadia Chamber of Commerce and received the Military Service & Stewardship Award from the Monrovia Chamber of Commerce.  

An exhibit at the Gilb Museum of Arcadia Heritage, located at 380 W. Huntington Drive in Arcadia, features Glasco’s uniform worn during his U.S. Navy service along with some of his medals and military memorabilia. 

The elected city clerk position has become mostly ceremonial over time, and voters eliminated it in 2022, according to the city statement. 

“With Gene’s retirement, the City Manager will appoint a City Clerk to perform the powers and duties outlined in the Charter,” officials said. “Most of the traditional City Clerk duties are currently performed by professional staff in the City Manager’s Office.”

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