Town clerks are employed by municipal governments or town councils who are responsible for various organizational tasks. These tasks are often related to record-keeping. Town clerks may also be responsible for issuing licenses to citizens and performing other general duties, such as taking minutes during council meetings and liaising with officers from other governments.
Some municipalities may grant more responsibility and roles to their clerks than others, but clerks almost always work with town documents. These responsibilities include public records, birth certificates, marriage certificates, death certificates, and applications for business permits. They usually implement systems for maintaining these documents in an organized manner. Town clerks may frequently communicate with members of the public, as they are usually the point of contact for people seeking access to these records or permits. They also compile statistical reports based on recent filings. The duties of clerks who are responsible for issuing licenses include approving vehicle registrations and overseeing the issuance of multiple licenses, such as those for hunting, fishing, business, burial, and marriage.
Town clerks usually work regular business hours in an indoor setting. They may occasionally work outside of hours during special events, such as town or council meetings. Their work is nonphysical, but it requires frequent verbal and written communication with other city officers and members of the public. The employment requirements for town clerks vary depending on the town council. Some town governments may hire town clerks who simply have a high school diploma and clerical experience, but often a minimum of an associate's degree in a related field is expected.
Town Clerk Tasks
Assist in the preparation and conduction of town elections.
Issue public notification of town activities or needs.
Record and maintain meeting minutes.