Responsibilities Of The City Clerk
The City Clerk's duties include:
- Clerk of the City Council
- Elections and voter registration officer
- The custodian of City records and the City seal
- Administers the oaths of office
Running For Office In The City Of Ionia
The City Charter states that there shall be a City Council comprised of the Mayor and eight members. Two City Council members shall be nominated and elected from and by the voters in each of four council districts (wards). The mayor shall be elected from the city at-large in accordance with the provisions of the City Charter. The four wards are each considered separate precincts but all vote in the same polling location at the Ionia Armory Community Center, 439 West Main Street. A map is provided below showing the boundaries for the four wards.
Council members shall be registered voters of the ward from which they are elected.
Election and Terms
The regular election of City Council members shall be held on the first Tuesday after the first Monday of November in odd-numbered years, in the manner provided by law. The candidate from each ward receiving the most votes will serve a four-year term. The term of council members shall begin the first day of January after their election.
At each mayoral election, a mayor shall be elected for a term of four years. Only registered voters of the city shall be eligible to hold the office of Mayor-Council. The mayor shall be the chief executive officer of the city.
There shall be an official of the city elected from the city at-large who shall have the title of and be the city clerk. The clerk is elected for a term of four years.
If you are interested in running for elected office in the City of Ionia, please contact the City Clerk to obtain information and documents.
November 7, 2023 - City Election
To confirm that you are registered to vote, given your current address, please visit the Michigan Voter Information Center (MVIC) online at michigan.gov/vote. On this website, you can also update your registration if you have recently moved as long as it is more than 14 days before the election. Contact the City Clerk’s Office to update your registration within 14 days of the election.
City Clerk Election Office Hours will be held on Saturday, November 4 from 8:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M. in the Clerk's Office at City Hall. City Hall is located at 114 North Kidd Street, Ionia, MI 48846. These office hours are intended for any election-related business.
Reminder: Polls will be open, on November 7, 2023, from 7:00 A.M. - 8:00 P.M., at the Ionia Armory Community Center for City residents who wish to vote in person. An accessible entrance is located on the southeast side of the building at 439 West Main Street. Same-day voter registration will be available at the Armory in the first-floor conference room on Election Day but wait times should be expected. The Clerk's Office will be moved temporarily to the Armory on November 6th and 7th to assist with all election-related business.
The City Clerk can be reached for all election-related questions via email at email@example.com or by calling (616) 523-0145.
Clerk's Office Documents & Links
Codifying includes removing repealed or obsolete ordinances and editing for proper grammar, consistency, and clarity. Codifying also encompasses formatting the material into user-friendly titles, chapters and sections, and supplementing with new ordinances.
- Resolution 2022-01 - Dial-A-Ride FY23 Budget (PDF)
- Resolution 2022-02 - Call Series 2013 Water and Sewer Bonds (PDF)
- Resolution 2022-03 - Vacation of Branch Street Alley (PDF)
- Resolution 2022-04 - Approval of Class C Liquor License Application (PDF)
- Resolution 2022-05 - Public Gathering Spaces CDBG (PDF)
- Resolution 2022-06 - Hale Park Grant (PDF)
- Resolution 2022-07 - FY23 Budget (PDF)
- Resolution 2022-08 - ICEA Partnership (PDF)
- Resolution 2022-09 - Sale of Industrial Park Property (PDF)
- Resolution 2022-10 - Fred Thwaites Trail Reconstruction (PDF)
- Resolution 2022-11 - Food Truck Fees (PDF)
- Resolution 2022-12 - CDBG Administrator (PDF)
- Resolution 2022-13 - BRA Separation (PDF)
- Resolution 2022-14 - Health Insurance Cost Share (PDF)
- Resolution 2022-15 - Council Rules of Order (PDF)
- Resolution 2022-16 - Fireworks Display Application Fee (PDF)
- Resolution 2022-17 - Property Tax Poverty Exemption (PDF)
- Resolution 2022-18 - SPARK Grant Application (PDF)
- Resolution 2023-01 - Dial-A-Ride FY24 Budget (PDF)
- Resolution 2023-02 - Delegation of Storm Water Authority (PDF)
- Resolution 2023-03 - Millage Reaffirmation (PDF)
- Resolution 2023-04 - CIP 2024 to 2029 (PDF)
- Resolution 2023-05 - State Pension Funding (PDF)
- Resolution 2023-06 - Donation of 316 N. Dexter St. to City (PDF)
- Resolution 2023-07 - Change of Local Election Dates to Even-Numbered Years (PDF)
- Resolution 2023-08 - Contract for Water-Sewer Refunding Bonds (PDF)
- Resolution 2023-09 - FY23 to 2024 Budget (PDF)
- Resolution 2023-10 - Proposed Charter Amendment to Designate Clerk as Appointed Officer (PDF)
- Resolution 2023-11 - Proposed Charter Amendment to Make City Elective Offices Nonpartisan (PDF)
- Resolution 2023-12 - ICEA Partnership (PDF)
- Resolution 2023-13 - Excessive Force Policy (PDF)
- Resolution 2023-14 - GVMC Approval of Amendment No. 41 (PDF)
- Resolution 2023-15 - Proposed Charter Amendment to Designate Clerk as Appointed Officer (PDF)
- Resolution 2023-16 - Proposed Charter Amendment to Make City Elective Offices Nonpartisan (PDF)
- Resolution 2023-17 - Hale Park LWCF Grant (PDF)
- Resolution 2023-18 - Wager Place Alley Vacation (PDF)
- Resolution 2023-19 - Municipal Standards (PDF)
- Resolution 2023-20 - Health Insurance Cost Share (PDF)