|WHAT IS A CITY CLERK?|
A City Clerk is a clerk for a municipality. It is among the oldest public servant positions.
In the United States...a City Clerk is an elected or appointed official whose primary responsibility is to be the official keeper of all municipal records. In some places, the Clerk may be known as the "Village Clerk" or "Town Clerk".
A City Clerk is an office manager, accountant, purchasing agent, public relations specialist and customer service representative - all rolled up into one.
City Clerks champion the needs of municipalities and their populace from behind the scenes.
Because the City Clerk position is not thrusted into the political spotlight like mayors and council members, misconceptions exist as to how important their job really is to the day-to-day operations of city business.
But what does a City Clerk actually do?
In Chicago...the City Clerk is the second highest ranking city official. More importantly, it is the most visited office in City Hall. There are approximately 100 hard working men and women that help keep the day-to-day operations of the City Clerk's office running seamlessly.
The Chicago City Clerk's office is responsible for:
The Chicago City Clerk's office has a budget of approximately $8 million but brings in approximately $100 million in revenue to the city.
The state legislature created the Chicago City Clerk's Office as an elected position in order to serve as an independent and separate voice of checks and balances to city government. The February 22, 2011 election will provide voters an opportunity to elect a City Clerk who is fully independent of the Mayor's Office.
"I'm running for Clerk, not to be the best clerk ever, but to be the best official the City of Chicago has ever elected. I seek to redefine the role by raising the expectations for this office. It is the most visited office in all of city government, and as such, it should do more for Chicagoans".
– Susana Mendoza, Campaign Kickoff Announcement
"I have a proven 10-year track record of getting things done in Springfield and I plan on putting that expertise to work for Chicagoans in my capacity as clerk. I'm not running to be a cookie-cutter city clerk. I plan on redefining the role and doing much more for people than has ever been done out of that office."
– Susana Mendoza, Sun-Times Endorsement Questionnaire
VISION FOR CITY CLERK'S OFFICE
Leverage Legislative Experience – Susana Mendoza will utilize her expertise as a proven leader to better serve you as your City Clerk.
Finding New Solutions – Susana Mendoza will make the Clerk's office the most technologically modern office in the country and is focused on finding new non-taxpayer funded revenue sources to help re-instate a summer jobs program and put 100 new police officers on the street.
Job Creation – Susana Mendoza was awarded the John W. Maitland Award for Public Service by the Illinois Biotechnology Industry Organization for her unwavering aid in the development of Life Sciences and Biotechnology jobs in Illinois.
Fighting Crime – Susana Mendoza was honored with the Outstanding Legislator Award by the Illinois State's Attorney's Association and was named Public Official of the Year by the Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police.
INDEPENDENT VOICE FOR CHICAGOANS
Consumer Advocate – Susana Mendoza is a consumer advocate who is an outspoken and independent voice for Chicagoans. For the first time in over 20 years, Chicagoans will be able to elect a City Clerk that is truly independent from the Office of the Mayor. She will be accountable to the voters and no one else.
"After this municipal election, the Clerk will for the first time in over 20 years, serve in a capacity fully independent of the Mayor, and will therefore provide a necessary "checks and balances" function, just as the state legislature intended. In other words, the Clerk's office can keep them honest."
– Susana Mendoza, Teachable Moment
EDITORIAL BOARD QUESTIONNAIRES FOR FEBRUARY 22 ELECTION
See how Susana Mendoza responded to questions about herself, her qualifications for office and the city government such as...
"What are your top priorities for the Chicago City Clerk's office?"
"How would you improve transparency in contracting in the office and other agencies of city government?"
"Does Chicago really need an elected clerk. It's largely a ministerial office that does not set policy. Would you support reducing staff and folding the clerk's office into an existing city department?"
ENDORSEMENT LIST: SUSANA MENDOZA FOR CHICAGO CITY CLERK
Susana Mendoza is proud to have been endorsed by multiple organizations and elected officials as their candidate for Chicago City Clerk.