Marc Donohue’s commute just got significantly shorter.
No three hour-long drives any longer to get to work and back home for this guy.
Donohue, who served just over a year as the City of South Pasadena’s chief city clerk, has accepted the city clerk job in his hometown of Eastvale, one of western Riverside County’s newest cities.
It will mean a return to Eastvale for Donohue, a city that gave him his first city clerk position. It’s south of Ontario, north of Norco. It also marks the second time Donohue has said goodbye to South Pasadena.
Donohue, who has 11 years of public sector experience, began his career working with records in the court system, in both Superior and Federal and District Courts. After six years he began his city clerk career serving in the cities of South Pasadena, Laguna Woods, Eastvale, Rosemead, back in the City of South Pasadena and now in Eastvale for a second stint.
To get to South Pasadena, he would spend three hours on the road per day going to and from his home.
He’s now knocked the total driving time to a measly 10 minutes.
“We’re very, very happy for him that he will have more time to spend with his family,” said South Pasadena City Manager Stephanie DeWolfe. “But, we’re sorry to see him go because he was a fantastic part of our team.”
The city clerk job has been posted on the City of South Pasadena’s website to find a replacement for Donohue. An interim city clerk will soon be selected, noted the city manager
“Awesome,” said Donohue, when asked about his experience working in South Pasadena.
He likes the idea he’ll be closer to home for his wife and three children. “A week was 15 hours of commuting,” he said, before doing the math. “Three hours per day, times five.”
He’s now cut the total drive time to 50 minutes or under an hour – five minutes to work and five minutes back.
He likes his commute, but stressed he will miss South Pasadena.
“I enjoyed working with the mayor [Dr. Marina Khubesrian], the whole council, Stephanie DeWolfe, our city manager, and the entire community,” he said.
Donohue knows what so many have already discovered about South Pasadena.
It’s a special place,” he explained. “I hate to leave it again.”
Yet, he likes the idea of no longer being a road warrior. “Family calls,” he said, laughing.