The City Clerk is the local official who administers democratic processes such as elections, access to city records, and all legislative actions ensuring transparency to the public. The City Clerk acts as a compliance officer for federal, state, and local statutes including the Political Reform Act, the Brown Act, and the Public Records Act. The City Clerk manages public inquiries and serves as the City's Public Information Officer.
The City Clerk is an Officer of the City Charter and is appointed by the City Council. The City Clerk’s Department is the primary point of contact for the public and staff regarding City Council actions. The City Clerk responds to public requests for records and maintains and produces documents that enable the public to participate in local government.
The primary functions of the City Clerk's Office include:
- Provides ongoing City Council and board, commission, and committee support
- Serves as the City's Elections Official
- Serves as the City's Public information Officer
- Responds to requests for public records
- Administers recordation, preservation and maintenance of the City's legislative history and associated City records
- Serves as Filing Officer for campaign and conflict of interest statements
- Administers legal publications
- Administers the City's Passport Office