Bren Lehr, City Clerk Administrator, MMC
809 Center Street, Room 9
Santa Cruz, California 95060                                         
Main: 831-420-5030
Tel: 831-420-5038
Fax: 831-420-5031 
Monday - Thursday: 8 a.m. - 12 noon • 1 p.m. - 5 p.m.
CLOSED alternate Fridays

The City Clerk Administrator is appointed by the City Manager and is responsible to the City Council. The City Clerk shall perform other duties as required by the Charter of the City of Santa Cruz, the law, ordinance, or direction of the City Manager.

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Santa Cruz City Clerk's Department Mission Statement
To accurately document the actions of the city’s legislative bodies; efficiently organize, safeguard, and make accessible those records to staff and the public; oversee free and open city elections in full accordance with the law; make government as open and available as possible to individuals via technology as well as personal assistance; and offer respectful service to all with the highest standards of integrity and professionalism.

The City Clerk's Office is comprised of three divisions:

Operations Division
Records Division
Elections Division

Operations Division

  • Prepares agendas and minutes, and provides support services for:
    • City Council
    • Industrial Development Authority
    • Santa Cruz Public Improvement Financing Corporation
  • Prepares agendas and agenda reports for the Internet
  • Processes resolutions and ordinances
  • Coordinates Television Cablecasting of City Council meetings with Comcast Community Television of Santa Cruz County
  • Manages all advisory body information including rosters, resignations, applications, letters of appreciation, appointments and attendance reports
  • Coordinates codification of ordinances into the Santa Cruz Municipal Code
  • Custodian of the official City seal
  • Administers Oaths of Office to board and commission members
  • All claims and summonses against the City are received in this office. To request a claim form, please contact the Risk Manager's office at:
       809 Center St, Room 7
       Santa Cruz, CA 95060
       (831) 420-5057
  • Provides notary services (appointments preferred), or see a list of notaries in the Downtown area

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Records Division

  • Receives, indexes, classifies and files records applicable to the actions of the City Council, Redevelopment Agency, Industrial Development Authority, and Santa Cruz Public Improvement Financing Corporation
  • Researches and retrieves records for the public or city staff as requested, or provides oversight for staff or public to conduct their own research
  • Maintains contract and deed inventories

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Elections Division

  • Coordinates the consolidation of all City Elections with the County of Santa Cruz, including Councilmember candidates and ballot measures
  • Prepares the Candidates Information Guide for Council Elections
  • Manages all the nominations for Council office
  • Financial Filings (FPPC website)
  • Receives all FPPC Statements of Economic Interest Form 700 filings by Councilmembers, Boards and Commissions, and designated employees
  • Receives Campaign Statements on a continuing basis through the year as required by state and local law
  • Monitors the filings and initiates amendments and updates to the City's Conflict of Interest Code
  • Promotes Voter Registration and Participation

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