A city clerk is a clerk for a municipality. It is among the
oldest public servant positions..
In ancient Greece city secretaries who read official
documents publicly and at the opening of a meeting
read public curses. The early keepers of the archives
were often called remembrancers, and before writing
came into use, their memory was public record.
When the early colonists came to Amerca, one of the
first offices established was that of clerk. The colony at
Plymouth appointed a person to act as a recorder. In the
United States, a City Clerk is an elected or appointed
official who is responsible as the official keeper of the
municipal records. In some places, the Clerk may be
known as the "Village Clerk" or "Town Clerk". In
Boroughs, Parishes, and Counties they are often known
as the "County Clerk." If the Clerk's Office is limited to
just performing the agenda and minutes for the
legislative and committee meetings, the office may be
called "Clerk of the Legislature." A City Clerk Office
usually publishes agendas for legislative bodies, such
as the City Assembly, City Council, or Alderman
meetings, and is responsible for recording all council-
and city mayor-related actions.
Terri Seawright, City Clerk