The City Clerk of the City of Gilroy serves as a liaison between the public and the City Council and is the local official who administers democratic processes such as elections, local legislative actions, and access to city record, ensuring transparency to the public. City Clerks follow federal, state and local statutes including the Public Records Act, the Political Reform Act, and the Brown Act (open meeting laws). Before and after the City Council takes action, the City Clerk's Office ensures that actions are in compliance with all statutes and regulations and that all actions are properly executed, recorded, and archived.
As the City Elections Official
The City Clerk administers federal, state and local procedures through which local government representatives are selected. The City Clerk and Deputy City Clerk assist candidates in meeting their legal responsibilities before, during and after an election. From election preplanning to certification of election results and filing of final campaign disclosure documents, the City Clerk manages the process which forms the foundation of our democratic system of government. For Voter information including the process of registering to vote check our Elections & Voter Information page.
The City Council election nomination period is open from July 16, 2018 to August 10, 2018 for 4 seats on the Gilroy City Council (3 full 4-year terms & 1 partial 2-year term). See our Elections & Voter information page for more details.
Register to Vote!
To register to vote in Gilroy, or to update your voter registration address, party affiliation or for a name change, pick up a voter registration card in the City Clerk’s Office at City Hall, at the Gilroy Library or at the Gilroy Post Office or Register online on the California Secretary of State's website.
As a Legislative Administrator
The City Clerk plays a critical role in the decision-making process of the local legislature. As key staff for council meetings, the City Clerk prepares the legislative agenda, ensures legal notices have been posted and published, and completes the necessary arrangements to ensure an effective meeting. The City Clerk is entrusted with the responsibility of recording the decisions which constitute the building blocks of our representative government.
As a Records Manager
The City Clerk's Office oversees the preservation and protection of the public record. By statute, the City Clerk's Office is required to maintain the minutes, ordinances and resolutions adopted by the legislative body, and the City Clerk and Deputy City Clerk ensure that other municipal records are readily accessible to the public. The public record, under the conservatorship of the City Clerk's Office, provides fundamental integrity to the structure of our democracy. To request a Public Record online, please complete a public records request form. You may also email the City Clerk or Deputy City Clerk, or call (408) 846-0204 for assistance with your records request.
Department Head Designees
Each city department head has knowledgeable designated staff who can be contacted to provide detailed information and records. Here is the most recent List of Department Designees.
Review the statement of economic interests FPPC Form 700 filings for all elected officials, City staff and appointed officials who are required to file under the city conflict of interest code here