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.

Contact:
Phone: (616) 523-0145
Fax: (616) 527-0810
Email: mpatrick@ci.ionia.mi.us

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

Election Workers

If you would like to serve the City of Ionia as an Election Inspector (Election Worker), please download and fill out the Election Inspector Application form at the link below. Then mail or bring it to Ionia City Hall, 114 North Kidd Street, Ionia, Michigan 48846. People wishing to serve as election inspectors in any 2022-2023 elections must have completed the State of Michigan required election inspector training. A copy of the training completion certificate is required with the application. Pay will be $15/hr. Please call (616) 523-0145 for more information.

  • Great way to meet your neighbors and become involved in your community
  • Learn about how the Election Process and Government work
  • Meet and work with people who are interested in helping their community
  • Experience the excitement of elections firsthand
  • Have fun while you help others
  • Feel good about serving your Community
  • Earn extra money

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.

Eligibility
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.

Mayor
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.

Clerk
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. 566 - Amend Ch. 1286: Misc. Regulations (PDF)
Ordinance No. 565 - Rezoning of the RT, Two-Family Residential District (PDF)
Ordinance No. 564 - Fee Schedule 2022 (PDF)
Ordinance No. 563 - Rezone 715 W. Lincoln. Ave. (PDF)
Ordinance No. 561 - Amend Ch. 1250: RT Two-Family Residential District (PDF)
Ordinance No. 562 - Codification (PDF)

November 8, 2022 General Election

Vote August Primary Election 2022Requests to have an absentee voter ballot mailed to you must be received by the City Clerk no later than 2:00 P.M. on Friday, November 4, 2022.

City Clerk Election Office Hours will be held on Saturday, November 5 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.

Reminder: Polls will be open, on November 8, 2022, from 7:00 A.M. - 8:00 P.M., at the Ionia Armory Community Building 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. The Clerk's Office will be moved temporarily to the Armory for November 7th and 8th.

The City Clerk can be reached for all election-related questions via email at mpatrick@ci.ionia.mi.us or by calling (616) 523-0145.

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

Request an Absentee Ballot

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

Requests to have an absentee voter ballot mailed to you must be received by the City Clerk no later than 2:00 p.m. on the Friday before the election.

*If a dual absentee ballot application was submitted for the August Primary Election, you do not need to submit another application to be sent a ballot for the November General Election. Ballots for the November 8th Election will begin being mailed from the Clerk's Office at the beginning of October.

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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