The City Recorder coordinates and administers the City’s municipal election and election related activities. Activities include accepting and verifying filing materials for nominations or petitions; preparing and submitting proposed ballot titles to the County Clerk; filing certified statements of candidates with the County Clerk at a specified time before an election; preparing, posting, and publishing election notices; providing forms and general process information to the public; and certifying the election results.
This department is also responsible for ensuring that the Public Records and Public Meetings regulations governed by state statute and administrative rules and the Milwaukie Charter and Municipal Code are followed. Records, including documents, audio, video, and digital recording, maps, and photos among others, which the City creates while transacting public business, belong to the public and must be available to the public, with a few exceptions, upon demand.
This department’s role is one of stewardship by maintaining those records of administrative, historical, legal or financial importance and destroying those, which have exceeded the state-established minimum retention periods. The State of Oregon has a policy of open decision-making that “requires an informed public aware of the deliberations and decisions of governing bodies and the information upon which such decisions were made.”
The City Council and all of its advisory groups are subject to the Public Meetings law. The City Recorder and staff supports these regulations by advertising meetings times and locations; providing the public with needed documentation; and preparing and maintaining minutes as part of the City’s permanent record.
The Office of City Recorder houses the Risk Management Department which is tasked with safeguarding the human, physical and financial resources of the City, as well as those of the general public whenever and wherever they are affected by City operations.
The City of Milwaukie believes that safe working conditions for each of its employees can be attained through use of safety equipment, proper job instruction, frequent review of safe work practices, and adequate supervision. The City has established Safety Committees within each facility in accordance with OAR 437.40.030 through 437.40.055 to address safety and loss control needs.