Welcome to Orange County Clerks,
When colonists arrived in America, they invariably established the forms of government with which they were most familiar. In colonial Massachusetts one of the earliest offices created was that of the recorder, whose role it was to keep vital records of births, marriages and deaths for the church. This individual also maintained records of all of the governmental appointments, the deeds, the meetings and the elections of town officials. Early clerks in New England also had to sweep the meeting room, sell seats, ring the bell and other responsibilities that no longer exist. The title clerk started to appear around the middle of the 17th century. At that same time, the clerk’s responsibilities also included maintenance of a list of each resident’s property and its value to verify voting rights if necessary. The clerk also administered the oath of office taken by elected officials and was authorized to call local government meetings. Early clerks in Connecticut were required to keep a record of every man’s house and land,” and present a “fairly written” copy to the General Court for recordation. The first local government election in New York City, conducted in 1686, included candidates for the offices of Sheriff, Mayor and City Clerk.
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To request more information:
Contact the OC Superior Clerk Office.
205 East Main Street Suite 16
Paoli, Indiana 47454
County clerks come in all forms and levels of authority. Some are elected, some are appointed. Some are clerks to the governing board only and others have responsibilities for carrying out many services for the citizens of the county.
The Clerk is one of the oldest known officials in local government with beginnings back in Ancient Greece. The title is derived from the Latin clericus where it meant a person who could read, write and serve as a notary or recorder. English history shows that the role of the city clerk can be traced to 1272 AD. A quote from Chief Justice Lord Caldecote, in a ruling in a legal case before the English Court during the Middle Ages says “The office of town clerk is an important part of the machinery of local government. He may be said to stand between the local council and the ratepayers…”