City of Ionia

City Clerk

Mary Patrick, City Clerk, City of Ionia. Phone (616) 523-0145

Meet the City Clerk

Mary Patrick, Ionia City ClerkMary Patrick is the elected Ionia City Clerk. She began her term on January 1, 2022.

Mary retired from the State of Michigan after working for 40 years in several departments, including Education, Corrections, Secretary of State, and Natural Resources. The last thirty of those years were spent with the Michigan History Center where she worked with the Michigan Historical Commission, the Michigan Freedom Trail Commission, and managed the Michigan Historical Marker Program.

Mary Patrick has been a resident of Ionia for over 40 years. She and her husband Michael have 4 adult children. Mary looks forward to serving the community in this role.

The Clerk welcomes anyone for a meeting by appointment. Please reach out via email or by calling her office.

Phone: (616) 523-0145
Fax: (616) 527-0810

Responsibilities of the City Clerk

The City Clerk 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

City Council
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.

Clerk's Office Documents and 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.

Download Documents:
Ordinance No. 577 - Amend Ch. 440: Parking (PDF)
Ordinance No. 576 - Water and Sewer Rates (PDF)
Ordinance No. 575 - City Income Tax (PDF)
Ordinance No. 574 - Codification (PDF)

Charter Amendment - November 7 Local Election

On the ballot for the November 7, 2023, election will be two charter amendment proposals seeking to modernize the City. See the attached flyer for more information on the proposals.

Michigan Voter Information Center

If you wish to check your registration status, polling place location and hours, view a sample ballot, or track an absentee ballot, click the link below to search directly on the Michigan Voter Information Center.

Michigan Voter Information Center

November 7, 2023 - City Election

Vote November City Election 2023To confirm that you are registered to vote, given your current address, please visit the Michigan Voter Information Center (MVIC) online at 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 or by calling (616) 523-0145.

Request an Absentee Ballot

You must be a registered voter to receive an absentee ballot. Verify your registration.

Absentee ballots will be available for request on Thursday, September 28, 2023. Please allow time for the Post Office to deliver these ballots to you and return them to the City Clerk's Office. A new ballot drop box is located in front of City Hall at 114 N. Kidd Street if you wish to return your absentee ballot in person.

Requests to have an absentee voter ballot mailed to you must be received by the City Clerk no later than 5:00 p.m. on the Friday before the election.

To track or verify the status of your absentee ballot visit the Michigan Voter Information Center website.

City Calendar

City of Ionia City Calendar

114 North Kidd Street Map
Post Office Box 496
Ionia, Michigan 48846
Phone 616-527-4170

Fax 616-527-0810

Business Hours:
Monday - Friday, 8:00a - 4:00p
(Holiday exception)


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