Kendra M. Jacobs Named Clerk to the Arlington County Board

Published on June 26, 2018

  • Joins County after more than two decades with City of Alexandria

  • Wealth of local government experience

  • Takes up Clerk duties July 9

The Arlington County Board today named Kendra M. Jacobs the Clerk to the County Board. She will join the County Board Office in her new role on Monday, July 9.

[caption id="attachment_17440" align="alignright" width="289"]Kendra M. Jacobs portrait Kendra M. Jacobs, Clerk of the Arlington County Board[/caption]

Jacobs comes to Arlington County Government from the City of Alexandria, where she has managed the Department of Planning and Zoning's Boards and Commission Unit since 2003. In that role, she supported the Planning Commission, Board of Zoning Appeals, two Boards of Architectural Review and the Carlyle/EE design review board. She also served as Clerk of the Planning Commission.  In support of the commissions, Jacobs and her staff provided oversight of systems used to create and certify hundreds of legal notices annually, managed administrative, legal and logistical requirements for multiple public meetings monthly, responded to citizen inquiries and established procedures to ensure transparency.

"Kendra brings a wealth of expertise to the critical role of Clerk to the County Board. Her previous experience makes her uniquely suited to the clerk's complex responsibilities," Arlington County Board Chair Katie Cristol said. "She has a track record of being a collegial and extremely capable manager, of successfully evaluating business processes for efficiency, transparency and compliance with State and local codes, and of effectively coordinating across her organization to make improvements that better serve residents. We are thrilled that she has decided to join the County Board Office."

As Clerk to the County Board, Jacobs will be the principal staff officer for the County Board Office. She will lead and supervise the County Board staff, including the Deputy Clerk, Senior Management Analyst and receptionist, and in coordination with the County Board, the Board members' aides.

Jacobs also will serve as the Board's official record-keeper, attending all Board meetings and work sessions; recording actions and serving as official custodian of the meeting minutes; advertising legal notices for public hearings before the Planning commission and Board; initiating follow-up to advise others of Board actions; maintaining the County Code and processing legal claims against the County with legal advice from the County Attorney's Office.

Jacobs  succeeds Hope Halleck, who retired as Clerk to the Board in April, after serving in that position for more than a decade. Deputy Clerk to the County Board Tina Peters has been serving as Acting Clerk since Halleck's departure.

"The Board thanks Ms. Peters, a valued leader in the County Board Office, for her service in the Acting Clerk position during this transition. Ms. Peters will continue her service as Deputy Clerk," Cristol said.