Clerk of Council
City Service Requests: Call 311 or 912-651-6565
The Clerk of Council is the oldest position in Savannah’s City government with records dating back to 1787. Pursuant to the City Charter, the Clerk of Council is the official records custodian of the Mayor and Aldermen of the City of Savannah responsible for maintaining their official acts, oaths and proceedings. In 2020, the Mayor and Aldermen of the City of Savannah strengthened and reaffirmed these duties by designating the Clerk of Council the official Open Records Officer.
The Clerk of Council maintains all records of City Council, such as: City Council minutes; the Code of Ordinances; City contracts; municipal cemetery deeds; and records of City boards, commissions and authorities.
Citizens can petition City Council through the Clerk of Council. Petition requests include: cemetery deed transfers; damage claims; and, purchases of property. There is no fee to file a petition (except encroachment processing fees; see forms for current fees). There is a $0.10 per page charge for copies of records, pursuant to State Open Records Act laws.
The Clerk of Council also serves as the Election Superintendent for the City of Savannah. City elections are held every four years. The next scheduled MUNICIPAL election is November 7, 2023. The Clerk of Council qualifies all candidates and serves as the local filing officer. The Clerk of Council serves as the liaison for newly elected officials, and coordinates the administration transition and the inauguration.
Our office is located at City Hall, 2 E Bay Street, first floor, Savannah, GA 31401.
Georgia Municipal Association, City Clerk Handbook: https://www.gacities.com/Resources/GMA-Handbooks-Publications/City-Clerk-Handbook.aspx
Georgia Municipal Clerks Association: https://www.gmcfoa.com/