What is a Clerk?

Clerks can have different job titles, including Town Clerk, Clerk of Council, City Secretary, and many others, but includes at least four of the following functions:

  • General Management
  • Meeting Administration
  • Financial Management
  • Stewardship of by-laws, articles of incorporation, ordinances, resolutions, and other legal instruments.
  • Custody of official seal and execution of official documents
  • Records Management
  • Human Resources
  • Elections Administration

Clerks are essential to the operation of local governments by being the keeper of official records, administrator of elections, liaison between the legislative body and the public or other governmental organizations, and often serving financial and officer manager functions as well.

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