About the City Clerk’s Office
The City Clerk’s Office is responsible for many diverse functions of the City.
The City Clerk attends and records all meetings of the City Commission. The minutes of the Commission actions are then prepared and distributed. The City Clerk prepares City Commission meeting agendas and information packets with the City Manager. All public hearing notices are posted and published by the City Clerk’s Office. The City Clerk’s Office maintains all City Codes, Ordinances, Resolutions, Policies, and other legal documents. The office is responsible for the management and preservation of the official records of the City of Muskegon.
The City Clerk serves as the Public Relations person for the City. The Clerk prepares press releases, works through different organizations to promote the City, prepares and distributes the City’s newsletter (The Channel Newsletter), and serves on various boards promoting the City.
The City Clerk’s Office is responsible for ballot preparation, issuance of absent voter ballots, delivery and setup of voting equipment, training of election inspector boards in the proper election procedures, processing of ballots in compliance with Federal and State election laws, and maintenance of voter registration files. The City Clerk’s Office conducts neighborhood voter registration drives, training on the election voting equipment, and other election related topics.
The City Clerk’s Office coordinates and executes City-owned events. The Lakeshore Art Festival and Taste of Muskegon are two examples of the many events that are put on year-round by the City Clerk’s Office. For more information and a full list of events, visit the Events page.
In addition to events, the City Clerk’s Office oversees the management of the Muskegon Farmers Market and the Western Market chalets. Click here for more information about the Muskegon Farmers Market, and visit this page for more information about Western Market and Chalet rentals.
Other areas of responsibility are Notary, Business Registrations, Peddlers, Transient Business, auctions and auctioneers, and Going out of Business permits. In addition, the Clerk’s Office is responsible for historical research, imaging of City documents, City meetings schedules and calendars, bid openings, public bulletin boards, public notices, ads, liquor licensing, resolutions, proclamations, City contracts and agreements, vacated alleys and streets, passport application acceptance, and passport drives. The City Clerk administers the Oath of Office to City Officials, police officers, and members of City boards/commissions/committees as requested.
The City Clerk’s Office strives to provide professional, efficient, and friendly customer service to all of our customers.