Although she is retiring at the end of the fiscal year on June 30, Debbie Bean has continued to fulfill her duties as Assistant City Clerk for Hesperia to the very end. She helped to complete the election handbook for candidates, as well as the first PDF interactive file disc that includes election forms, for the impending city council election.


"Everything you ever wanted or didn't want to know about elections is in there," Bean said in regards to the election handbook. "Every year they make changes, so we have to make sure that everything is current."


Bean's experience with elections began when she worked at the San Bernardino County Registrar of Voters office. When the opportunity presented itself, Bean left the county office, where she had been working for 10 years, to became Hesperia's Assistant City Clerk. She said it was closer to her home in Spring Valley Lake, and it coincided with her experience. She has served in this position for five years, working closely with Hesperia's City Clerk Vicki Soderquist.


"Vicki just had a really good reputation for doing everything the very best way possible," she said. "I thought, 'What better person to learn from than Vicki?'"


Bean said she will miss the work and the friends she has made over the years.


"I really like city clerk work," she said. "There's a lot of deadlines and a lot of legal aspects to things. I'll miss the work and the people who have become my friends."


After five years in the office, Bean had advice to give to the next assistant city clerk.


"I think the key, especially in the city clerk's office, is to be impartial," Bean said. "No matter how your personal feelings are, you have to always make sure that you treat everyone fairly, the way you would want to be treated. The most important part is customer service."


Bean's post-retirement plans center around traveling and volunteer work. She said she intends to travel "anywhere and everywhere," including Hawaii and Tennessee to visit family. Bean said she also would like to volunteer at Loma Linda Hospital and the Braille Institute.


Even though she said she is reluctant to leave her colleagues behind, Bean is confident they will continue to serve Hesperia well in her absence.


"I have a great deal of respect for our city council," she said. "I believe with all my heart that every one of our council members has the very best interest for the city of Hesperia. They may not always agree on everything, but they're always respectful of each other, and I think that's a really nice thing."