The Office of City Clerk is provided for in state law and called out specifically in the charter of the City of Tulare. Its duties involve maintenance of the city seal and the official records, ordinances and resolutions of the city. The City Clerk certifies all official records and documents of the city and records and maintains the actions of the City Council in the form of the minutes of the meetings of that body. Also included are oversight and administration of the conflict of interest codes as it relates to employees and officials of the City of Tulare and responsibility of conducting elections provided for in the charter or which may be initiated by citizens of the city unless those are consolidated with county elections by official act of the City Council. The City Clerk is one of the positions appointed by action of the City Council. Currently the City Clerk's Office is staffed with the Chief Deputy City Clerk and the Deputy City Clerk/Records Coordinator who perform the essential duties and functions assigned to the Office of the City Clerk. The official title of City Clerk is held by the City Manager.
“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.” ~ William Bennett Munro 1934 ~
The Certified Municipal Clerk program is offered through the International Institute of Municipal Clerks and its designation of "CMC" represents a declaration that one has become proficient and has demonstrated mastery of administrative skills critical to good government.
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