City Clerk Marian Karr has announced her retirement after serving the Iowa City community for the past 37 years. Karr was hired as Deputy City Clerk in 1979 and appointed City Clerk by the City Council in 1983. The City Clerk position is one of the top administrative roles in City government and is one of three City employees directly appointed by the City Council. Karr’s expected retirement date is Friday, Dec. 30, 2016.
In her formal retirement announcement to the City Council, Karr stated, “I have been honored to serve the City Council and the Iowa City community for over 30 years in the City Clerk’s office, and have decided to retire at the end of the current year to spend more time with family, friends, and do a bit of traveling. Thank you, and past City Council Members, for the privilege to serve Iowa City for the past 37 years as Deputy and then as City Clerk. I have thoroughly enjoyed my work, and will try and find something to do on Tuesday evenings starting in 2017.”
Mayor Jim Throgmorton commented, "For the past 33 years, Marian has served as City Clerk with grace, dedication, and distinction. I'm sad she'll be leaving, but am equally happy she'll be traveling and spending more time with her family and friends. She's earned it."
The City Clerk’s Office is the official record keeper for City government and the City Council. Over the years, Karr has overseen the Clerk’s office which staffs three additional full-time employees. Together they handle custody of deeds, contracts and abstracts, as well as updates and maintenance of the many ordinances, resolutions, and meeting minutes generated by the City. Many licenses and permits are also managed by the Clerk’s office - taxi company licenses and driver authorization, dancing permits, outdoor service areas, cigarette licenses, beer/liquor licenses, and cemetery deeds are issued from the office. The Community Police Review Board is also staffed by the Clerk’s office and the Clerk is present at all City Council meetings. Maintained within the Clerk’s office are also City subdivision and project files, the Domestic Partnership Registry and an index of Council proceedings.