Fun City Clerk Facts
The City Clerk, along with the Tax Collector, is the oldest of municipal
servants, predating biblical times and the written word.
Early keepers of the archives were often called "Remembrancers"
and before writing came into use, their memory was the public record.
Ancient Greece had a City Secretary who read official documents
publicly and who, at the beginning of meetings, proclaimed a curse
on anyone who should seek to deceive the people.
The title as we know it derived from the Middle Ages. A "Clerk"
was any member of a religious order, a "cleric" or "clergyman."
The clergy were
the scholars during the time.
The Office of Clerk can be traced back to 1272 A.D. in the History
of the Corporation of Old London.
In the 1500's in England, there was not only the "Towne Clarke"
but also the "Clerc Comptroller of the King's Honorable Household."
In 1603, there was a "Clarke General of the Armie"; King Henry the
Eighth had a "Clarke Of the Spicery," and King Charles had his "Clerk
of the Robes".
When the early colonists came to America, they set up forms of local
government to which they were accustomed, and the office of Clerk
was one of the first established.
Today, there is a City Clerk in every incorporated city or township
in the United States, and there are Clerks in cities around the