The City Clerk is appointed by the City Council, reports directly to the Council, and attends all City Council meetings.
The City Clerk is charged with custody of deeds, contracts and abstracts. The Clerk's office is responsible for the keeping of all ordinances, resolutions, minutes and the Iowa City City Code. The office publishes public notices, ordinances and minutes as required by law. The City Clerk's office assists both staff and the general public in researching information.
Taxi company licenses and driver authorization, outdoor service areas, cigarette licenses, beer/liquor licenses, parade and assembly permits, and cemetery deeds are issued from the Clerk's office. City subdivision files, project files, the Domestic Partnership Registry, and an index of Council proceedings are also maintained here. The Clerk's office also provides staff and support for the Community Police Review Board.
City Council Elections are handled by the Johnson County Auditor.