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The city clerk, clerk of council is the chief administrative officer of the Office of Cleveland City Council. The city clerk is responsible for managing the legislative process and the day-to-day operation of the office of the council.

The Responsibilities of the City Clerk include:

  • Publishing the City Record, the official record of Cleveland City Council’s proceedings
  • Managing the legislative process
  • Reading legislation at city council meetings
  • Managing a staff of approximately 30 people within council’s departments and divisions which include archives, communications, finance, human resources, information systems and technology, legislative, legal counsel, policy, security and support staff.
  • Maintaining the City of Cleveland’s archives

Patricia J. Britt was first appointed, unanimously, as City Clerk/Clerk of Council on January 14, 2008, by the Cleveland City Council.

As Clerk of Council, Britt is the chief Administrative Officer of the Office of Cleveland City Council. Her duties include supervising the recording and retention of all official reports, communications and transcripts delivered to Council, and the certification of all legislation.  Britt is also responsible for overseeing Cleveland City Council's staff of more than 20 and working with the 17 Members of Council and their Executive Assistants.

Prior to being appointed to serve as City Clerk, Clerk of Council, Britt was a Member of Cleveland City Council, representing Ward 6 from 1995 to 2008.  Throughout her tenure as Councilwoman, Britt concentrated her efforts on stabilizing the assets in the ward and facilitating opportunities for community and economic growth.  There were a number of development projects in Ward 6 during Britt’s tenure on Council including the transformation of a 14-acre brown field site into the Cuyahoga County Juvenile Court and Detention Center; negotiating both the building of MetroHealth Clinic at the Buckeye Shopping Center and the beautification of Tony Brush Park in Little Italy; and assisting Nottingham Spirk Innovation Center in their relocation to Ward 6.

Britt served as a member of the Field Education Faculty of the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences at Case Western Reserve University from 1990 to 2008.  Britt has a Master’s degree in social work from Howard University, a certificate in state and local government from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government, and is a certified master municipal clerk.  Britt serves on the national community and economic development committee of the National League of Cities.  Locally, she serves on the boards of LiveCleveland and the Levin College of Urban Affairs Visiting Committee at Cleveland State University.

You can reach the clerk of Cleveland City Council at 216-664-4551.

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