To enhance the quality of our office and to encourage dedication to
our profession, by providing educational experiences of the highest
quality as well as promote the professionalism of the office of
History of the Profession
City Recorder, Municipal Clerk, Town Clerk, or City Secretary is the
title born by the oldest of public servants.
The office can be traced to 1271 A.D. in the History of the
Corporation of Old London.
When the early colonists came to America, they set up forms of
local government and the office of clerk was one of the first
The colony at Plymouth appointed a person to act as a "recorder".
With this prominent history in mind, the Oregon Association of
Municipal Recorders' primary mission is to preserve the honor and
dignity established by our predecessors.
No other office in municipal government serves so many; namely, the
Mayor and Council, Commission/County, City Manager/Administrator,
administrative departments, and citizens.
The recorder's work demands versatility, alertness, accuracy and
- Encourage each and every Municipal Recorder,
Clerk and related staff in the State of Oregon to become actively involved
in the Oregon Association of Municipal Recorders.
- Provide educational opportunities for all
- Keep all members informed of new laws or
decisions which may affect their municipality.
- Discuss and analyze the proposed laws of the
State of Oregon, and formulate, review and evaluate legislation affecting
- Periodically review by-laws.
- Maintain an equitable and affordable dues
- Provide a current newsletter and mailing list.
- Maintain a current directory with members
names, objectives, by-laws, goals and mission statement.
- Increase participation in the IIMC
Certification Program and MMC program.
- Continue fundraising promotion for educational
scholarship programs and future conference activities.
- Continue promotion of the Mentor Program.
- Work with State Government and other agencies
for involvement in the review process of records management, election
procedures, and other aspects that affect local government.
OAMR Membership throughout
the State of
Develop the incentive for
education of all members.
Provide programs and activities
that will assist in the welfare and positive progression of
Foster closer relationship between
recorders in the State of
, and promote the interchange
of information between them.
among other professional
Code of Ethics
- Dedicated to the concepts of continued
education, high quality service and professionalism.
- Affirm the dignity and worth of the services
rendered. Maintain a constructive, creative and practical attitude and keep
a deep sense of social responsibility as a trusted public servant.
- Remain dedicated to ideals of honor and
integrity. Insist on performance which will merit the respect and confidence
of peers and public.
- Recognize the City Recorders' role as a major
representative of government, the direct link between the residents of their
municipalities, their government and all local government positions.
- Provide information and assistance as
requested and uphold and implement municipal policies adopted by elected
- Make it a duty to improve professional ability
and develop competence.
- Emphasize friendly and courteous service to
the public; and seek to improve the quality and image of public service.
- Handle each problem without discrimination on
the basis of principle and justice.
- Seek no favor; believe that personal gain or
profit secured by confidential information or misuse of public time is