History of the Profession
City Recorder, Municipal Clerk, Town Clerk, or City Secretary is the title born by the oldest of public servants. The office can be traced to 1271 A.D. in the History of the Corporation of Old London. When the early colonists came to America, they set up forms of local government and the office of clerk was one of the first established. The colony at Plymouth appointed a person to act as a "recorder".
With this prominent history in mind, the Oregon Association of Municipal Recorders' primary mission is to preserve the honor and dignity established by our predecessors. No other office in municipal government serves so many; namely, the Mayor and Council, Commission/County, City Manager/Administrator, administrative departments, and citizens. The recorder's work demands versatility, alertness, accuracy and long hours.