City of Ionia

City Clerk

Allison (Ally) Hope Cook, City Clerk, City of Ionia. Phone (616) 523-0145

Meet the City Clerk

Allison (Ally) Hope Cook, Ionia City ClerkAllison (Ally) Hope Cook is a 6th generation Ionian, graduated from Ionia Public Schools in 2004. She continued her education at Central Michigan University, earning a bachelor's and master's degrees in Education.

Ally has worked as both a Spanish teacher and a Special Education teacher for Hastings, Michigan school district, and the Ionia Intermediate School District (ISD).

Community Involvement. At present, Ally serves as the vice president of the Ionia County Historical Society which meets at the historic John C. Blanchard home/museum.  Ally is also a member of Friends of the Library, Woman's Literary Club, Women of the Moose, Ionia First Christian Church, and is an organizer of the Ionia County Bertha Brock Fall Festival.

Ally resides in the City of Ionia's historical downtown district, and in her spare time she enjoys walking her dogs, beekeeping, and attending community events. Ally is the daughter of Greg and Kathleen Cook, and has three siblings Mattie, Ellen and Margot. 

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

Become a City of Ionia Election Inspector

If you would like to serve the City of Ionia as an Election Inspector, 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. 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 first hand
  • Have fun while you help others
  • Feel good about serving your Community
  • Earn extra money 

Clerk's Office Documents and Links

New Rights for Michigan Voters

Register to vote through election day!

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 Saturday before the election.

If an emergency, such as a sudden illness or family death prevents you from reaching the polls on Election Day, you may request an emergency absentee voter ballot. Requests for an emergency ballot must be submitted after the deadline for regular absentee voter ballots has passed but before 4:00 p.m. on Election Day. The emergency must have occurred at a time which made it impossible for you to apply for a regular absentee voter ballot.

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.

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.

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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