Clerk's Department - Barbara A. Campbell, Township Clerk
Most clerks assemble council agendas, prepare and preserve the corporate records in the form of council minutes, bylaws or ordinances, agreements and other legal documents. Most witness oaths and affidavits and certify documents. Some have financial responsibilities. Some issue business licenses, dog licenses, and take charge of bylaw or ordinance enforcement and public information, public relations, government protocol. Many conduct municipal elections, prepare legal notices, provide policy and procedure advice, manage access to information and arrange and record public hearings or manage their municipalities archives and record centers.
Over the years, municipal clerks have become the hub of government...the direct link between the citizens of their community and their government. The clerk is the historian of the community, for the entire recorded history of the town (city) and its people is in his or her care. Professor William Bennett Munro, writings in one of the first textbooks on municipal administration (1934), stated: “No other office in municipal service has so many contracts. 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.” These words, written more than 50 years ago, are even more appropriate today.
Enzell Burden, Deputy Clerk
(989) 754-6536, ext 2309