City Clerk

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The City Clerk's Office plays a crucial role in ensuring the efficient and transparent functioning of the City's government. The City Clerk serves as the City historian, elections manager, and City Council support team all rolled into one. The Office's responsibilities include recording and preserving City Council actions; maintaining accurate and accessible records and keeping them safe and accessible to the public; administering elections; and providing information and support to the City Council, City staff and the public.

Many of the Clerk’s duties are prescribed by Federal, State, and local laws, either in general terms (e.g., the Clerk must have a system for managing records) or specific terms (e.g., the Clerk must respond to a public records request in a certain way and in a certain number of days).

A member of the public might interact with the City Clerk's office in order to:

  • Learn what the City Council is discussing at its next meeting or read about decisions made a previous meeting
  • Share an opinion or concern with the City Council (public comment)
  • Request public records
  • Review campaign documents or find out the results of an election

Caitlin Corey HeadshotCaitlin Corley was appointed City Clerk on December 4, 2023. She has bachelor’s degrees in philosophy and political science from Santa Clara University and completed a Master of Public Administration at San Francisco State University. She attained the Certified Municipal Clerk (CMC) certification from the International Institute of Municipal Clerks in 2015 and received an Award of Distinction from the City Clerks Association of California in 2021.

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11 English Street
Petaluma, CA 94952
Business Hours:
(by appointment, phone, or email)
Mon-Thurs 9:00am - 5:00pm

Drop-In Counter Hours:
Mondays 9:00am - 1:00pm
Tuesdays 9:00am - 3:30pm
Wednesdays 10:30am - 3:30pm
Thursdays 9:00am - 1:00pm

Closed on Fridays
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