City Clerk's Office
Kent is a safe, connected and beautiful city, culturally vibrant with rich diverse urban centers.
The Office of the City Clerk supports the city of Kent's “Vision for 2025” by providing access to the city of Kent's legislative process, local laws, policies, and regulations, ensuring the integrity and preservation of the public record. This commitment is demonstrated by the ease of access to public information and timely research assistance, ensuring reliable information, and consistent, transparent public service.
Specifically, the City Clerk oversees the administration of Council meetings, including agenda development and recording and preparation of official minutes. The Clerk provides legal notices, coordinates elections, handles calls for bids, serves on boards and committees, and participates in local, state and international associations.
The City Clerk is the custodian of the Corporate Seal of the City of Kent. The City Clerk has direct signature authority and his signature is required on all Ordinances, Resolutions, and other official documents of the city. The City Clerk's office is a citywide information and document resource, and the City Clerk is the official records management officer for the City and is responsible for the City’s Records Management program; ensuring all City departments abide by the Washington State Retention Schedules administered by the Washington State Secretary of State. The City Clerk also serves as the custodian of the Kent City Code.
A city clerk is a public official whose principal duties include keeping records or accounts for the municipality and other duties prescribed by law. The position is central to government transparency as the Clerk’s office is responsible for preserving and making official records and legislation accessible to the public. The role of the Clerk has greatly expanded over the years and modern technology is a key factor in supporting the increased responsibilities. Over time, the Clerk’s office has evolved into the information hub of local government as well as a direct link between the citizens and government. The Clerk often serves as the community historian maintaining the city’s historical archives.