City Clerk

The Office of the City Clerk exists to ensure the integrity of municipal governance through the ethical, and impartial administration, maintenance and preservation of the electoral, legislative and recordkeeping processes.


The official functions and duties of the City Clerk are set forth in the City Charter and Minnesota Statutes.  The following is a general summary of the core services provided by the Bemidji City Clerk’s Office:

  • Provide the City Council with centralized staff support.  Prepares agendas, minutes, ordinances and resolutions for the City Council.
  • Maintains municipal records as mandated by State Statutes and City Charter.  
  • Serves as Responsible Authority; receiving and responding to issues and/or complaints about access to public documents.
  • Oversees local elections and the processing of candidacy filings and campaign finance reporting.
  • Receives and processes various business licenses for the City.  
  • Maintains City's Fee Schedule.   

Americans with Disabilities Act: In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, if you need special assistance to participate in a City meeting or other services offered by this City, please contact our office at (218)759-3570.  Notification of at least 96 hours prior to the meeting or time when services are needed will assist the City staff in assuring that reasonable arrangements can be made to provide accessibility to the meeting or service.


If you have any questions relating to City ordinances and/or State of Minnesota Statutes, please contact the City Clerk's office.