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Township Clerk's Office


                                                                                          Marlene Saari - Clerk
                                                                                                                                        Interim Term

                                                                                                                           January 1, 2024 - Current
                                                                                                                       Deputy Clerk Sherry King
                                                                                                                     Can be reached at (906) 932-8446
                                                                                                              Main office hours 8a.m - 4:30p.m.CST Monday - Friday (call for appointment if needed)

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Duties of the Clerk

The general duties of the Ironwood Township Clerk are outlined below. There are many other day-to-day duties that are not listed. For a complete list of Core Competencies outlined by the Michigan Townships Association click here.

Below you will find a detailed list of the duties performed by the Clerk:
Board Member
The Clerk is elected every four years at the time of the Presidential Election and serves as a voting member of the Township Board, with responsibilities including but not limited to:
  • Adopting Township policies
  • Adopting Township ordinances
  • Approving the budget
  • Serving on assigned committees 

Election Administration
The Clerk administers all elections in Ironwood Township. The Clerk plans, organizes, and oversees election activities including but not limited to:
  • Processing of absentee ballots
  • Preparing voting machines
  • Maintaining necessary supplies for election day
  • Proofing ballots
  • Training Election Inspectors
  • Issuing, validating, and certifying petitions for local candidates and issues
Voter Registration
The Clerk maintains the voter registration files, which includes but is not limited to:
  • Registering new voters
  • Making address/name changes to current voters
  • Canceling voters when they move out of the jurisdiction  or become deceased
  • Issuing voter ID cards to all voters
  • Maintaining Voter Master Cards with signatures of all registered voters
  • Updating voter history for all voters after each election  
Records Management
The Clerk is the official custodian of Township records, books and documents such as oaths, bonds, ordinances, and resolutions. The Clerk is also responsible for producing and keeping minutes for the Township Board of Trustees meetings.
The Clerk's Office maintains records in accordance with the State of Michigan Record Retention Schedule. The Clerk's Office also publishes and posts legal notices. 
Financial Records
Under State Statute the Clerk is responsible for keeping a record of the expenditures made for the Township. The Clerk’s office processes accounts payable, payroll, and general ledger.
Notary Public
The Clerk's Office provides Notary Public Service at no charge to Ironwood Township residents and business owners.

Election Workers Needed
If you would like to serve as an election inspector, please download and complete this application and mail it to the Clerk's office.
The Clerk’s office is seeking election workers. Please stop by the Clerk’s office to complete the State of Michigan election inspector application or call to have it mailed to you at (906) 932-8446.

  • Must be a registered voter in Michigan
  • Must declare political party affiliation on precinct inspector application
  • Must be able to attend training session a weekend before election
  • Must be able to remain with election chair until all procedures are finished on election night
  • Moderate to advanced computer skills are highly desired
  • Michigan law allows students age 16 years or older to work at the polls.

     If you have further questions, please contact:   
    Marlene Saari
    Charter Township of Ironwood, Clerk
    (906) 932-8446 or fill out the contact form directly:

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