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City Clerk

The City Clerk is appointed by the City Council and is the local official who administers democratic processes such as elections, access to city records, and all legislative actions ensuring transparency to the public.  The City Clerk acts as a compliance officer for federal, state, and local statutes including the Political Reform Act, the Brown Act, and the Public Records Act.  The City Clerk manages public inquiries and relationships and may arrange for ceremonial and official functions.


The City Clerk administers Federal, State, and Charter procedures for Regular and Special Elections within the City.  The Clerk is the Filing Official for all Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) reports and maintains Campaign and Economic Interest Statements.  The City Clerk's Office assists with voter registration and polling place information.


Records the actions and proceedings of the City Council and the Community Development Commission.  Responsible for the preparation and distribution of City Council agendas and materials.  Custodian of the Official City Seal.  Administers Oaths of Office and maintains Roster of Boards, Commissions and Committees.


The City Clerk acts as the Custodian of City records.  The City Clerk is responsible for maintaining official City documents including Minutes, Ordinances, Resolutions, Contracts and Agreements.  The City Clerk's Office accepts claims and service of other legal documents and maintains and publishes the City Charter and Municipal Code.


Click here to view a list of all our City Boards and Commissions.


In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, individuals with disabilities who need special assistance to participate in City Council or Commission meetings, can contact the City Clerk’s Department at (562) 904-7280 or the California Relay Service at 711. Notification at least 48 hours prior to the meeting will enable the City to make arrangements to assure accessibility.

The City of Downey will provide appropriate auxiliary aids and services whenever necessary for those individuals who have hearing, sight or speech impairments, unless to do so would result in a fundamental alteration of its programs or an undue administrative or financial burden. No surcharge will be placed on a particular individual with a disability or any group of individuals with disabilities to cover the cost of providing these auxiliary aids/services or reasonable accommodations. 

Maria Alicia Duarte, CMC
City Clerk
11111 Brookshire Ave.
Downey, CA 90241
(562) 904-7280