About the Seattle City Clerk
Central to open government, the Office of the City Clerk advances principles of inclusive access, working in partnership with City agencies and stakeholders to ensure transparency and accessibility. The Office of the City Clerk provides fundamental integrity to the structure of our democracy by ensuring preservation and access to municipal records.
The Seattle City Clerk serves as the Administrative Head of the Legislative Department and Clerk of the Council. Primary functions include:
- Legislative management and operations
- Seattle Municipal Archives
- City Records management
- Legislative Public Records Disclosure
- Reference and research services
- Required Filings
- Boards & Commissions registry
The Office of the City Clerk provides information technology and administrative services and support to the Legislative Department. A high priority of the Office of the City Clerk is improving access by incorporating new technology.
The Office of the City Clerk provides services and programs including access to local laws, policies, and regulations.
We invite you to become familiar with the various services and resources featured throughout the Office of the City Clerk website, or contact us directly if you require assistance.
Seattle's first City Charter allowed for a Clerk of the Common Council to be elected by the Council. In 1875, the position of City Clerk became elective and remained so until 1896, when the new Charter designated the Comptroller ex-officio City Clerk. The Comptroller served as City Clerk through 1992. A 1991 City Charter amendment transferred the Comptroller's function to the Department of Finance. The Office of the City Clerk became an appointed office as a division of the Legislative Department, effective in 1993. In 2010, the City Clerk assumed the additional role of administrative head of the Legislative Department.
For more history on the City Clerk and other Seattle officials, please visit the Municipal Archives' history of City Officials.