Community Briefing

CITY CLERK TO RESIGN: Jean Morris, Modesto's city clerk and auditor since 1995, plans to resign Dec. 12. The City Council on Tuesday is scheduled to discuss steps it can take to appoint her successor. Morris is expected to stay in office through next month's City Council elections and through the potential Dec. 11 runoff race. She earned $104,100 last year. Councilman Garrad Marsh said Morris had a good reputation among the city's elected leaders. "She just does her job well," he said. "She's quiet, efficient, well- organized and has a good team." Modesto also is in the midst of recruiting someone to fill retiring City Manager George Britton's position. He is stepping down in January. The council Tuesday is scheduled to discuss appointing an acting city manager while it continues looking for his successor. Britton and Morris are two of Modesto's three employees who answer directly to the City Council. City Attorney Susana Alcala Wood is the third.

TOY-LENDING LIBRARY OPEN: The Stanislaus County Office of Education will celebrate the grand opening of a new toy-lending library today from 8 a.m. to noon and Monday from 4 to 7 p.m. at SCOE's Media Services Center, 917 Oakdale Road, Modesto. Geared toward in-home family child care providers and preschool teachers, the library will allow puzzles, learning games and toys to be checked out for a three-week period. All services are free of charge; those who want to obtain a toy-lending library card need to bring photo identification. The grand opening events are for parents and child care providers. Child care will not be provided. Regular operating hours, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., will begin Tuesday. For more information, contact Lisa Henry at 558-4030.