History of the Position

The City Secretary, along with the tax collector, is the oldest public servant role in local government.

City Secretary
  • Existed in Biblical times as the “Keeper of the Archives”
  • Acts 19:22-41 references the town clerk
  • Often called “Remembrancer” because their memory served as the public record
  • In ancient Greece, each meeting of the governing body began with the City Secretary reading documents and pronouncing curses…