Meet Deva Marie Proto

Deva Marie Proto is the Chief Deputy Clerk-Recorder for Sonoma County’s Clerk-Recorder-Assessor Department, a position she’s held for the last five years. As the Chief Deputy Clerk-Recorder, Deva manages 17 full-time staff and oversees operations within the County Clerk-Recorder division, which manages an annual volume of over 100,000 recordings, 5,000 marriage licenses, 4,000 fictitious business names and 1,000 marriage ceremonies. As part of the management team, she also collaborates with other divisions of the department on strategic planning and cross-training opportunities, while always striving towards optimal information sharing and departmental efficiency improvements.

Deva Marie Proto has earned several government and leadership training certifications by completing or being recognized as a:

• California Registered Election Official
• Certified Recordable Document Examiner
• Sonoma County Higher (Executive Development)
• Local Leaders Academy of Sonoma County
• County of Sonoma Management Academy X

Deva Marie Proto is a lifelong resident of Sonoma County. She grew up in Forestville and attended local public schools before going on to earn a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration (MPA) from Sonoma State University. Deva currently resides in the southern end of Santa Rosa’s Coffey Park neighborhood with her husband, Mark.

Deva talks with Councilman Chris Rogers about property tax reassessments in light of the North Bay wildfires.
Deva talks with Councilman Chris Rogers about property tax reassessments in light of the North Bay wildfires.

Collaborating with Small Businesses

Deva Marie Proto manages more than 4,000 fictitious business names in Sonoma County as part of her role as Chief Deputy Clerk-Recorder. Beyond this record-keeping responsibility, Deva has been proactively involved with local small businesses to collaborate with them on ways to make the Clerk-Recorder-Assessor’s (CRA’s) Department as easy as possible to navigate.  Deva is committed to building upon these partnerships to make the CRA Department more efficient for current & prospective business owners and residents in our community.

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Listening to the Needs of Our Residents

With an annual volume of over 100,000 recordings, 5,000 marriage licenses and 1,000 marriage ceremonies, Deva Marie Proto interacts with Sonoma County residents on a daily basis regarding births, deaths, marriages and other key documentation.  With this day-to-day interaction, Deva knows how important it is to listen to the needs of our residents and always strive to make the Clerk-Recorder-Assessor (CRA) Department as easy as possible to understand and deal with.

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Assessing Our Land and Property Values

As Clerk-Recorder-Assessor (CRA), Deva Marie Proto would be responsible for managing property tax assessments for residential and business parcels across Sonoma County. In light of the recent North Bay wildfires, the CRA Department has been hard at work reassessing property values for many homes and businesses that were destroyed. Deva, who lives near the epicenter of destruction in the southern end of Santa Rosa’s Coffey Park neighborhood, has been working with other divisions of the CRA Department on strategic planning efforts regarding this and other initiatives.

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Endorse Deva Marie Proto Today!

Deva Marie Proto has already earned the endorsements from every member of the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors, as well as outgoing Clerk-Recorder-Assessor Bill Rousseau and City Councilmembers in every City in Sonoma County: Cloverdale, Cotati, Healdsburg, Petaluma, Rohnert Park, Santa Rosa, Sebastopol, Sonoma and the Town of Windsor -- join them today as an endorser of her campaign!