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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