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Municipal Clerks Week – Day 5

Sadly this is the closing of everyone’s favorite week of the year. COVID-19 didn’t stop us from celebrating with all of you, it just looked a little different and we promise to bring extra snacks next year since we couldn’t feed you this time. Thank you for letting us take over your inboxes for a … Continued

Municipal Clerks Week – Day 4

Your Municipal Clerk We love what we do. Whether we are serving as Elections Official, Filing Officer or custodian of record, we are constantly learning and adapting to the changing needs of our constituents and City team. Just 10 years ago we began live-streaming our City Council meetings to provide greater access to our community, … Continued

Municipal Clerks Week: The Elections Official

Did you know the City Clerk is the Elections Official? What that means is we assist candidates in meeting their legal responsibilities before, during and after an election. From election pre-planning to certification of the election results and filing final campaign disclosure statements, the City Clerk manages the process which forms the foundation of our … Continued

Municipal Clerks Week – Day 2

The City Clerk: Your Filing Officer Did you know that City Clerks are Political Reform Act filing officers? The Political Reform Act’s mission is to serve as the legal bedrock of governmental ethics in California and City Clerks play an important role in helping to ensure provisions of the Political Reform Act are effectively and efficiently … Continued

Municipal Clerk Weeks 2020 – Day 1

Happy Monday everyone! Did you know that Ancient Greece had a city secretary who read official documents publicly? At the opening of a meeting, one of their duties was to read a curse upon anyone who should seek to deceive the people. Interestingly enough, City Clerks are reverting back to the times in Ancient Greece … Continued

Municipal Clerks Week 2020

Hey everyone, it’s that time of year again. May 3-9, 2020 is Municipal Clerks Week and we are going to celebrate its 51st anniversary! A lot happened in 1969:  Astronaut Neil Armstrong became the first human to set foot on the Moon Woodstock attracted more than 350,000 rock-n-roll fans Sugar, Sugar by The Archies was … Continued

Covid-19, Virtual City Council Meetings & Together San Rafael

Best. Team. Ever. When we brought the idea of YouTube live chat as an option for public participation, it would have been an easy “no” in most cities. But on our team, we have honestly taken the guiding principles and made them apart of our everyday thought process, naturally. Together in Service:     A true … Continued

Municipal Clerks Week: Final Thoughts

We’re done with trivia, but as we close out this special week, I thought I’d share some tidbits I’ve come across while researching in our Harry Potter-like minute books from the vault… For instance, back in the day, the Board of Trustees for the Town of San Rafael needed to a place to hold their meetings … Continued

Municipal Clerks Week: The Legislative Historian

One of the City Clerk’s many roles is to keep a record of the legislative history of the City, and my goodness has that process changed over the years. From beautifully handwritten minutes, to verbatim minutes typed on a typewriter (if you don’t know what this is, swing by the City Clerk’s office for the … Continued

Municipal Clerks Week: Your Elections Official

Nowadays, we contract with the County of Marin Elections Office to provide election services such as coordinating precincts, printing and counting ballots, etc., but long ago, and in many cities today, that was the responsibility of the City Clerk’s Office. With over 31,000 registered voters, you can imagine what it would be like for our … Continued

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