Clerk of the Council
The Clerk of the Metropolitan King County Council is the official repository for all Council proceedings and legislation. We are responsible for the uniform and efficient flow of legislation, the thorough and accurate processing of records, and control over their location, identification and retrieval.
King County Council Clerk's Office Mission
To ensure adherence to legislative and legal processes and create and maintain accurate and required records to facilitate more effective government and provide consistent quality responsiveness to citizens.
Our responsibilities include:
- assisting the public, staff and county agencies on the status of legislation;
- preparing Council meeting agendas and proceedings;
- recording all meetings of the Council and Committee-of-the-Whole;
- advising the Council on rules and parliamentary procedures;
- handling the advertisement of legislation as required by law for the Council and the Hearing Examiner;
- directing the production and distribution of the King County Code and the drafting guide for ordinances and motions;
- reviewing all legislation, initiatives and referendums for proper form;
- assisting Executive and Council staff in drafting of legislation;
- maintaining a computer database of all legislation that is filed with the Council;
- accepting all claims and summons against the county, appeals of the Hearing Examiner and petitions for incorporation;
- accepting all franchise applications and petitions for road vacations, road improvement districts and no-shooting zones;
- preparing historical records on all adopted legislation by maintaining permanent files, logs and index catalogs;
- tracking and documenting all legislation that is lapsed or reintroduced;
- assisting in the preparation of the annual property tax ordinance;
- ensuring all original files are complete and archived; and
- preparing quarterly voting reports.