Municipal Clerks

Draft agendas and bylaws for town or city council; record minutes of council meetings; answer official correspondence; keep fiscal records and accounts; and prepare reports on civic needs.

Median Annual Wage: $35,460

Education: Some college, no degree (42%); Bachelor's degree (37%); Associate's degree (17%)

Projected Growth: Average (8% to 14%)

Related Job Titles: Clerk; Deputy Clerk; City Clerk; Town Clerk; Municipal Clerk; City Secretary; Deputy City Clerk; Township Clerk; City Recorder; Recorder

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Source: O*NET OnLine information for Municipal Clerks.

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  • Issue public notification of all official activities or meetings.
  • Record and maintain all vital and fiscal records and accounts.
  • Prepare meeting agendas or packets of related information.
  • Prepare ordinances, resolutions, or proclamations so that they can be executed, recorded, archived, or distributed.
  • Perform budgeting duties, such as assisting in budget preparation, expenditure review, or budget administration.
  • Plan and direct the maintenance, filing, safekeeping, and computerization of all municipal documents.
  • Maintain and update documents, such as municipal codes or city charters.
  • Perform general office duties, such as taking or transcribing dictation, typing or proofreading correspondence, distributing or filing official forms, or scheduling appointments.
  • Respond to requests for information from the public, other municipalities, state officials, or state and federal legislative offices.
  • Coordinate or maintain office tracking systems for correspondence or follow-up actions.
  • Issue various permits and licenses, such as marriage, fishing, hunting, or dog licenses, and collect appropriate fees.
  • Research information in the municipal archives upon request of public officials or private citizens.
  • Perform contract administration duties, assisting with bid openings or the awarding of contracts.
  • Collaborate with other staff to assist in the development and implementation of goals, objectives, policies, or priorities.

Source: O*NET OnLine information for Municipal Clerks.

  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
  • Coordination - Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Social Perceptiveness - Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
  • Active Learning - Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
  • Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.

Source: O*NET OnLine information for Municipal Clerks.

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