The County Clerk is the official keeper of all public records for Clackamas County.
The Clerk's Office, via its subsidiary departments, is responsible for processing all real property transactions, plats, Commissioner's Journal documents, Board of Property Tax Appeal petitions and orders for Clackamas County. It analyzes, interprets and applies Federal and State statutes, legal opinions and administrative rules. The budget documents for the County, municipal corporations and local governments are public record, and copies must be submitted to the County Clerk.
In addition to processing all records of public transactions, the Clerk's Office must make public records available to the general public, and maintain the microfilm collection providing security and preservation of all records.
As the chief election official of the County, the Clerk's Office must check ballot measures for timeliness and see that the measures are worded to meet legal requirements. The Clerk's Office oversees the planning, coordination and conduction of elections, and ensures that elections are conducted according to statute and other related requirements. It directs the preparation and maintenance of records related to voting activities, precinct designation, mailing, voter and candidate services. The Clerk's Office assures the fair and unbiased application, operation, and interpretation of election laws, providing the public with complete and accurate information.
The Clerk's Office also plans, coordinates and records Board of Property Tax Appeal hearings. Its subsidiary departments issue passports and marriage licenses.