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Tuesday, March 10, 2020
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The Clerk shall administer oaths and take affidavits; to exercise other powers and duties as provided by laws; to serve as Clerk to the City Council, Chief Elections Officer of the City and custodian of the Corporate Seal.
City Clerk Bio
Detroit City Clerk, Janice M. Winfrey is a native Detroiter who has dedicated the last 13 years of her life to tirelessly and carefully servicing her community. When sworn into office in 2005, Clerk Winfrey accepted the responsibility to govern three charter-mandated roles: City Clerk, Official Record Keeper and Chief Elections Officer.
Some of her greatest accomplishments as City Clerk to date are:
In addition to her day-to-day duties as Clerk and Chief Elections Officer, Clerk Winfrey has also found time to improve her skills and advance her profession by completing courses and certifications in the Election Center Training Program; the International Association of Clerks, Recorders, Election Officials and Treasurers; and the Michigan Municipal League. She also a member of the National League of Cities.
Clerk Winfrey, is a native Detroiter and graduate of Cass Technical High School, where she has been recognized as a distinguished alum, and Eastern Michigan University. She is a member of the Detroit Federation of Teachers; the Association of Wayne County Clerks; the Michigan Municipal Clerks Association; the International Association of Clerks, Recorders, Election Officials and Treasurers; the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People; and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority.
To stay connected with Clerk Winfrey follow her on Instagram @CityofDetroitDOE or by liking her page on Facebook.
The City Clerk shall be a citizen of the United States and a resident of the city. The City Clerk is elected at the city election held every fourth year on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November.
A Deputy Clerk is appointed by the City Clerk. In the absence or disability of the City Clerk, or while the position is vacant, the Deputy City Clerk shall exercise all the powers and perform all the duties of the City Clerk.
Among the City Clerk's powers and duties are:
Citizens Information Service
The Citizens Information Service is a division of the City Clerk's Office that provides information to citizens relative to public services and refers them to the proper department.
You may send your petition to the Office of the City Clerk addressed to The Honorable City Council or you may petition any member of the City Council directly by writing to or faxing their offices. When appropriate it will be placed on the City Council Calendar for action. Your petition should contain sufficient information for the City Council to properly investigate or process your petition.
Highlights of Community Outreach opportunities by the City Clerk's Office
Application for proposed banner(s) for a specified period of time. Permit application package must be complete in order for it be considered.
Listing of Fees for various publications that can only be obtained through the City Clerk Archive Office.
The Detroit City's Clerk's Archives and Records Management Division makes City Council records accessible to citizens and employees for research and inspection. The division is responsible for the retention and disposition of the inactive operating records of the Detroit City Clerk's office.
Yearly Journal of the City Council Proceedings from 2000-2014
General contact information related to the location of the City Charter
Section 2-6-35 of the 1984 Detroit City Code provides that each person "who wishes to engage in the activity of lobbying," which is defined in Section 2-6-3 of the 1984 Detroit City Code as "all communications with a public servant for the purpose of influencing legislative or executive action," is required to register and report as a lobbyist.