City Clerk of Chicago
The City Clerk of Chicago is in charge of record-keeping for the city of Chicago and its elections. When the Chicago City Council is in session, the City Clerk serves as council secretary. This position is a citywide elected office, one of three city-wide elected officials in the City of Chicago, with the Mayor and the Treasurer being the others.
The City Clerk's office is responsible for maintaining official city government record (such as the Municipal Code of Chicago), distributing approximately 1.3 million vehicle stickers and residential parking permits, and issuing city business licenses.
The current city clerk is Anna Valencia.
Significant City Council transparency efforts have included posting nearly 700,000 pages of searchable City Council records to the City Clerk website, www.ChiCityClerk.com. This includes every ordinance passed since 1981, as well as city budgets and mayoral executive orders going back nearly 30 years. In addition, City Council meetings can be watched live or on demand via a City Council video archive on the City Clerk's website, www.ChiCityClerk.com.
|Anna Valencia||2017-||She was appointed in 2017, and elected in 2019.|
|Susana Mendoza||2011-2016||She was elected in 2011. She resigned to become the Illinois Comptroller.|
|Miguel del Valle||2006-2011||He was appointed in 2006. He resigned to run for mayor in 2011.|
|James Laski||1995-2006||He was elected in 1995. After reelection in 2005, he resigned after his indictment for corruption.|
|Ernest Wish||1993-1995||He was appointed in 1993. He did not seek election after his full term concluded.|
|Walter Kozubowski||1979-1993||He was elected in 1979. He resigned after pleading guilty to corruption.|
|John C. Marcin||1955-1979||He was elected in 1955. At the end of his term, he became a alderman for the 35th Ward.|
|Ludwig D. Schreiber||1939-1955||He was elected 4 times starting in 1939.|
|Peter J. Brady||1931-1937|||
|Patrick S. Smith||1927-1931|||
|Al F. Gorman||1923-1927|||
|James T. Igoe||1917-1923|||
|Francis D. Connery||1909-1915||He was elected in 1909. His term may have ended in 1915.|
|John R. McCabe||1907-1909|||
|Adrian C. Anson||1905-1907|||
|Fred C. Bender||1903-1905|||
|Charles A. Gastfield||1893-1895|||
|James R.B. Van Cleave||1891-1893|||
|Herman C. Plautz||1885-1887|||
|John G. Neumeister||1883-1885|||
|Patrick J. Howard||1879-1883|||
|Jos. K.C. Forrest||1873-1875|||
|Charles T. Hotchkiss||1869-1873|||
|Albert H. Bodman||1865-1869|||
|Henry W. Zimmerman||1851-1857|||
|Henry B. Clarke||1846-1848|||
|William S. Brown||1845-1846|||
|James M. Lowe||1843-1844|||
|William H. Brackett||1839-1840|||
|Isaac N. Arnold||1837||Inaugural City Clerk|
The position of City Clerk was preceded by the position of Town Clerk, which existed after Chicago had been incorporated as a town and before Chicago was incorporated as a city.
|James Curtiss||1836-1837||Became Clerk in September 1836|
|Charles V. Dyer||1836||Resigned immediately after being elected at the June 6, 1936 town election (held at the Tremont House)|
|Ebenezer Peck||1835||Coincidingly served as the town's Counsel|
|Alexander N. Fullerton||1835||Elected in July 1835 town election|
|Edwards W. Casey||1834-1835||Became Clerk in November 1834. Coincidingly served as Corporation Counsel.|
|Isaac Harmon||1834||Elected clerk in August 11, 1834 town election. Coincidingly served as Town Collector.|
|H. J. Hamilton||1833-1834|||
|E. S. Kimberly||1833||Inaugural Town Clerk|
- Centennial List of Mayors, City Clerks, City Attorneys, City Treasurers, and Aldermen, elected by the people of the city of Chicago, from the incorporation of the city on March 4, 1837 to March 4, 1937, arranged in alphabetical order, showing the years during which each official held office.
- "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2015-07-01. Retrieved 2015-06-30.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
- List of Settlers of Chicago Who Came Between January, 1831 and December, 1836. prepared by Col. Adolphus S. Hubbard (found on pages 424-433 of "Discovery and Conquests of the North-west, with the History of Chicago, Part 6" by Rufus Blanchard)
- History of Chicago, Volume 1 By Alfred Theodore Andreas (page 175-176)