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

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 5:00 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.

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. Mail or bring this form 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. The City Clerk's Office is always accepting applications to keep on file but new workers may not be needed at this time. 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

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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