Clerk's Office


There is excitement in the Clerk’s office, with the arrival of our new election equipment.  Following extensive study and testing, Grand Traverse County chose the equipment offered by Election Systems & Software, INC.; one of three options provided by the State of Michigan.   The equipment was delivered the end of September and was tested locally at that time.  Clerks from Grand Traverse County will all receive further training in the next couple of months, after which we will hold trainings for our election workers.  The new equipment will be used in the next election held in Garfield Township, and we hope that all of our voters will be as excited about the new equipment as we are.  Click on the link below to learn more about our new election equipment.

vote_button.jpgThe 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.

Election Administration

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.

Voter Registration

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.

Records Management

The Clerk is the official custodian of Township records, books and documents such as oaths, bonds, ordinances, and resolutions.

Financial Records

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.

Human Resources

The Clerk is responsible for keeping all employee records.  Including employee benefits and processing and maintaining payroll.

Notary Public

The Clerk's Office provides Notary Public Service at no charge to Garfield Township residents and business owners.


This page last updated on 7/18/2018.

3848 Veterans Drive | Traverse City, MI 49684 | 231-941-1620 | fax: 231-941-1588