City Clerk

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Department head: Bonnie Bush

809 Center Street, Room 9 Santa Cruz, California 95060

(831) 420-5035

The city clerk administrator is appointed by the city manager. The clerk protects the democratic process, such as elections and access to official records, and is responsible for fulfilling legal requirements set forth in the City Charter, city codes, and state law.

Perhaps most important, the clerk serves as the election official, coordinating the consolidation of all city elections with the County of Santa Cruz, preparing the Candidates Information Guide for council elections, receiving FPPC Statements of Economic Interest Form 700 filings, and promoting voter registration and participation.

The clerk's office prepares agendas and minutes, processes resolutions and ordinances,
coordinates cablecasting of council meetings, supports all advisory bodies, and provides notary services.

The office also handles all records related to actions by the City Council, the Successor Agency, the Industrial Development Authority, and the Santa Cruz Public Improvement Financing Corporation. It also provides records to the public and city staff as requested, and manages requests per the Public Records Act.

All claims and summonses against the City are received in this office. To request a claim form, contact the Risk Manager's office at (831) 420-5057 or