Roseville’s first female city clerk dies

Pauline Brockman earned nickname, ‘Bulldog’
By: Sena Christian, Staff Reporter
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Roseville’s first woman city clerk, Pauline Brockman, passed away April 6 at 88 years old.

Brockman began her career with the city as a librarian and assistant city clerk before being appointed city clerk in July 1973, a position she held until her retirement in 1985. During her career, she also served president of the California City Clerks Association and was a long-standing member of the Roseville Soroptimists.

“Mom was a friend to all and highly respected for her tenacity and strong work ethic,” said her son, Ron Brockman. “She expected a lot out of folks but also gave a lot to folks. Many or her nieces and nephew consider her their favorite aunt. She loved camping and fishing and spending time with the grandkids and great grandkids, too. She earned the nickname ‘Bulldog’ for her steadfast efforts to get a job done on time.”

Brockman was born in Hughes County, Okla. in 1924, the youngest of five children. The family moved to California to escape the Dust Bowl and start a new life in Corona, where Brockman attended high school and met a man named Gerry, whom she later married. The family moved to Roseville in 1958, and her husband still lives in that same house.

“She always could be seen with one of her beloved poodles on walks around the Sierra Gardens neighborhood,” her son said. 

She and her husband enjoyed traveling, and their jaunts included visits to Europe, New Zealand, Greece, Hawaii and an east African safari. They spent a lot of time camping with family and pets in their RV. Gerry and Pauline Brockman would have celebrated their 70th anniversary this June.

During her time with the city, she attended every City Council meeting for years.

“I remember her as an efficient and caring person,” said Councilwoman Pauline Roccucci. “She was very professional with the council, the staff and the community, and always kept us informed. She did a very good job and was caring to all.”

She is survived by her husband, their poodle, Wendi, Ron Brockman, daughter Pat Shearer-Young, and three grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.