City Clerk Corner: Meet the City Clerk’s Office!

Greetings, Redwood City!

Welcome to the City Clerk Corner, a new blog series brought to you by staff in the City Clerk’s Office. The purpose of the City Clerk Corner is to deepen the connection between community and local government by highlighting important topics and sharing helpful information regarding services provided by the Office of the City Clerk. Upcoming topics include navigating the City Council meeting process; Board, Commission and Committee information; Public Records Act (PRA) requests; City Council redistricting; and more! Our goal is to promote transparency and greater access to City information, records, and legislative and democratic processes. We look forward to further connecting with you!

History of the Municipal Clerk

The municipal clerk, along with the tax collector, is the earliest of public servants. The Office of Municipal Clerk can be traced back to the year 1272 A.D. in the history of the Corporation of Old London. During the 1500s in England, there was not only the “Towne Clarke” but also the “Clerc Comptroller of the King’s Honorable Household.” In 1603, there was a “Clarke General of the Armie.” King Henry VIII had a “Clarke of the Spicery” and King Charles had his “Clerk of the Robes.”

“No other office in municipal service has so many contacts. It serves the Mayor, the City Council, the City Manager (when there is one), and all administrative departments, without exception. All of them call upon it, almost daily, for some service or information. Its work is not spectacular, but it demands versatility, alertness, accuracy, and no end of patience. The public does not realize how many loose ends of city administration this office pulls together.”

Municipal Clerks Week: May 2–8, 2021

This year, the 52nd Annual Professional Municipal Clerks Week will be celebrated from May 2–8.

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