Office of the City Clerk
The mission of the Office of the City Clerk is to preserve the City's official records and to maintain and provide accurate and timely information through various media formats to meet the needs of City officials, the community, and City departments. Every City in Washington State has a City Clerk's office. These offices work under specific authorities imposed by the laws of the State of Washington and ordinances of a specific city government. The City Clerk is a full-time, non-civil service position in charge of the Office of the City Clerk. Renton's City Clerk is Bonnie Walton, CMC.
Regular Office Hours: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. (Monday - Friday)
The responsibilities of the Office of the City Clerk include:
- Maximizing access to City government.
- Attending all meetings of the City Council and keeping a complete record of the proceedings thereof; supporting Council in its legislative and policy-making functions.
- Maintaining custody of: the City's seal; the original roll of ordinances; the original contracts, deeds and certificates relative to the title of any property of the City; providing public access to records.
- Citywide records management.
- Attesting to all public instruments and official acts of the Mayor and providing certified copies of original records as may be required.
- Publishing legal notices, processing petitions, managing departmental budget, and serving on the Firemen's Pension Board.
- Managing the City's cable television channel (Channel 21), including the administration of the cable franchise, and production of City Council meetings and a quarterly video news magazine.
The City Clerk's role, and that of all staff of the Office of the City Clerk, requires neutrality and independence as key qualities in conducting its business. The office is a non-political and objective component of government service; all City departments contribute to the City Clerk's delivery of services to the community.