The general duties of the Garfield Township Clerk are outlined below. There are many other day-to-day duties that are not listed. For a complete list of Core Competencies outlined by the Michigan Townships Association click here.
Voting Board Member
The Clerk is elected every four years at the time of the Presidential Election and serves as a voting member of the Township Board. The Clerk is responsible for the producing and keeping of minutes for the Township Board meetings. The Clerk's Office also publishes and posts legal notices.
The Clerk Administers all elections in the Charter Township of Garfield. The Clerk must be certified by the Bureau of Elections. The Clerk plans, organizes, and oversees election activities including but not limited to: training Election Inspectors, preparing voting devices, preparing ballot containers, etc. and processing of absentee ballots.
The Clerk maintains the voter registration files, which includes but is not limited to: Registering new voters and making address/name changes to current voters.
The Clerk is the official custodian of Township records, books and documents such as oaths, bonds, ordinances, and resolutions.
Under State Statute the Clerk is responsible for keeping a record of the expenditures made for the Township. The Clerk's office processes accounts payable, and the general ledger and is responsible for preparing monthly balanced financial statements. The Clerk works closely with the Township auditor in processing accurate year end documents as required by Michigan Law.
The Clerk is responsible for keeping all employee records. Including employee benefits and processing and maintaining payroll.
The Clerk's Office provides Notary Public Service at no charge to Garfield Township residents and business owners.