The Office of the City Clerk is responsible for attending all meetings of the City Council and recording official actions; schedules citizens for appearance before City Council; provides information concerning Council activities; prepares the “Roanoke Rapids City Page” for inclusion in the Roanoke Rapids Daily Herald each Sunday; acts as custodian of all legal documents pertaining to the City; prepares and publishes City ordinances, resolutions and notices of public hearings as required by law; assists in the preparation of the Council agenda; codifies the Code of Ordinances; administers oaths of office; provides administrative assistance to the City Manager, Mayor and City Council; coordinates City Council appointments to their advisory boards and committees and serves as the point-of-contact for citizens wishing to serve.
History of the Clerk as taken from the NC Association of Municipal Clerks’ website:
Before there were mayors, town councils and town managers, there were town clerks. The municipal clerk is the oldest of public servants in local government, along with the tax collector, and the profession traces back before Biblical times. Then and now, the municipal clerk’s office serves as a direct link between citizens of the community and their government. Every town, city, village, and tribe in the world has at least one person who – by whatever title he or she is known – serves in the role of town clerk: custodian of official public records; communicator of public policy; organizer of public business; recorder of the community's history; performer of many varied tasks that assist in the smooth operation of local governance.
In writing one of the first-ever textbooks published on municipal administration, Professor William Bennett Munro stated in 1934, "No other office in municipal service has so many contacts. The municipal clerk's office serves the citizens, the mayor, the city council, the city manager/administrator, and all administrative and operational departments of the city without exception. All of them call upon it, almost daily, for some service or information. Its work is not spectacular, but it demands versatility, alertness, accuracy and no end of patience. The public does not realize how many loose ends of city administration this office pulls together." Read the history of this office and remember that it is the responsibility of every present-day municipal clerk to honor the history of this profession and – more importantly – to carry forth into the future in a professional manner worthy of this esteemed office.
Lisa B. Vincent, MMC
Roanoke Rapids City Hall - 2nd Floor M
1040 Roanoke Avenue
Roanoke Rapids, NC 27870
(252) 537-1139 & (252) 533-2809 FAX
City Clerk Lisa Vincent achieves Master
Municipal Clerk Designation
Mayor Doughie, flanked by his daughter Lauren and City Clerk Vincent, reads a proclamation in recognition of the Clerk's service to the community and her achievement of the Master Municipal Clerk designation.
(Photo courtesy of Lance Martin at rrspin.)