Sonoma Council approves post of city historian

Historians in the News

The Sonoma City Council adopted an idea proposed by Mayor Joanne Sanders and Wednesday night established the position of city historian.

The position would be voluntary and unpaid, with a renewable two-year term. The selected person would be responsible for coordinating, identifying and maintaining historical records and artifacts owned by the city; provide historical updates to the city council; assist with public research; make recommendations regarding preservation of historic resources; serve as a school resource on local history; and coordinate public workshops on Sonoma history.

Adopted in the form of a resolution, the proposal was a popular idea among councilmembers who voted unanimously to establish the post. The post is expected to have only a minor financial impact on the city budget. City staff reported that other cities with similar positions typically spend less than $1,000 a year.

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