The Belding City Clerk has many responsibilities. As demands on local government have changed, and public expectations evolve, several aspects of her role are new.
Kareen J. Thomas
The Belding City Clerk assembles Council agendas, and prepares and preserves records in the form of council minutes, bylaws or ordinances, agreements, and other legal documents. The City Clerk witnesses oaths and affidavits, and certifies documents.
The City Clerk also oversees public information, advertising, direction of the City website, and assists on projects assigned by the City Manager.
The Clerk’s office conducts municipal elections, prepares legal notices, provides policy and procedure advice, manages access to information, maintains the State of Michigan QVF files, and arranges and records public hearings.
While other city officials must comply with democratic procedural requirements, the Clerk is accountable for the legislative procedures; maintaining open and fair processes for citizen access to information and the public records.